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The Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Club and the Town of Haymarket are hosting the second annual Flags for Heroes and Families weekend commemoration. The event will be held Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16 at the Town of Haymarket Park, 14710 Washington Street.
A community ceremony will celebrate this year’s Field of Flags on Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 a. m. with local dignitaries. Flag sponsorships range from $50 to $550 to honor a veteran, firefighter, police officer, teacher or anyone in public service. Sponsorships support Semper K9, a non-profit that provides service dogs to combat veterans. The public ceremony is free and open to the public. For more information, email Terri Aufmuth at [email protected] or visit semperk9.org.
This year’s event will include Haymarket Baptist Preschool children’s choir and Boy Scout troop 1882. Locally renowned performer Jarreau Williams of Xen Live Entertainment will sing the National Anthem. Local dignitaries will be present to recognize heroes as well the Haymarket mayor and town council and the Haymarket police department.
The Haymarket police monitor the flags overnight and provide support during the event. The flags will be erected on June 14 and taken down June 16, with the flags lit overnight. Each flag is adorned with a tag containing the honoree’s name, branch of service, or type of service, and who is honoring them. At the end of the ceremony, those who purchased recognition for their hero can attach a placard to a flag of their choosing.
“Whether military, law enforcement, teachers, firefighters, a family member or neighbor, we invite you to honor a hero in your life by sponsoring a flag,” said Terri Aufmuth, president-elect of the Gainesville Haymarket Rotary Clubs. “Proceeds from this event will benefit a local non-profit, Semper K9—they are changing the lives our military veterans every day,” said Aufmuth.