Flags for Heroes 2020

About Flags for Heroes

The Newark Morning Rotary Flags for Heroes (FFH) project encourages our friends and neighbors to recognize heroes in our community. Whether they are military personnel, front-line workers during the COVID pandemic, or social justice activists committed to equality – we want to raise a flag in their honor and recognize their service and sacrifice. By sponsoring a flag, you not only acknowledge the heroes in your life – you support Rotary in its mission of service above self, helping to support local community service projects throughout the year. 100% of the proceeds from your sponsorship will benefit these projects.

Jeffery Santoro

Following the 2001, September 11th terrorist attack on the United States of America, I managed to put a lot of...

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Patrick Smith


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Dave Steel

US Navy

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Parents Dr. Roy and Janie Baker

Daddy was 4F during WWII because one leg was 2" shorter than other, probably polio survivor. As Superintendent of Schools...

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Jordan Cook

U.S. Army - Veteran

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Peter Bosserman

U.S. Navy - Veteran

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Maurice Harrison

U.S. Air Force - Veteran

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John LaFazia

U.S. Marine Corps - Veteran

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Todd Sapp

U.S. Marine Corps - Veteran

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Gabe McCloskey

U.S. Air Force - Veteran

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Brent Deatrick

U.S. Air Force - Active Duty

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Donald Fleming

U.S. Navy - Veteran

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Adam McMullen

U.S. Army - Veteran Army National Guard - Active Duty

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Corey McMullen

U,S, Marine Corps - Veteran

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Naajee Tymes

So proud you.

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Willam Guenther

Served in Europe in the U.S. Army during World War II.

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VCAT {Veterans and College Athletes Together}

A fitness and wellness program for OEF and OIF Veterans. Veterans are matched with UD Athletes as workout buddies twice...

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James Lawhorn

Jimmy Lawhorn is the proud father of three sons and five grandchildren . Jimmy volunteered and served as a United...

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Art Lear

Art Lear was a native Delawarean whom served in Europe during World War II. He earned a Purple Heart for...

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Verdie Marshbanks Holt


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Verdie Marshbanks Holt


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James B. Streit Sr.

USMC, South Pacific, World War II

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F. Charles Raab, III

USN, Atlantic Theater, World War II

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Jay Hornor

Jay served our country during World War II and the Korean War in the Air Force. He came back and...

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Astor Ritter

WWII from 1942-46

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Teachers at Downes Elementary

When COVID-19 hit, teachers had to reassess and adjust how they interact with students. The teachers at Downes have done...

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Teachers at Shue-Medill Middle School

When COVID-19 hit, teachers had to reassess and adjust how they interact with students. The teachers at Shue have done...

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Dr. Roshni Guerry

Roshni Guerry, M.D. is a triple board certified physician at ChristianaCare and Medical Director of the Supportive and Palliative Care...

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Ralph L. Hairsine


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Anne Chapman Sisk

Could not be prouder of my niece. A graduate of the University of Maryland, USAF Capt. Anne Chapman "Annie" Sisk...

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Joseph Gilbert Sisk

My grandfather J. Gilbert Sisk served in World War 1 with the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

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James Walker Sisk

James is caseworker working with Preble Street Veterans Housing Services in Portland, Maine. He provide services to veterans and their...

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John (Jack) Sullivan

1938-2018 (deceased) Army Veteran, Newark businessman, loving husband and father.

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Thomas Russell

Thomas Russell proudly served as a US Marine in the Vietnam War. He received the purple heart after being critically...

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Edward C. Luck

My uncle Ed is a diplomat, linguist, and concerned global citizen. He most recently served as the United Nations Secretary-General’s...

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Denis J. Reckner

Master Sargent USAF. Veteran. Husband. Father. Thanks Dad!

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Ty Callahan

My hero, Corporal Ty Callahan, is a combat veteran. He served in the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and fought in...

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Vincent Keely

My dad was an army WWII veteran who unfortunately saw his share of bad stuff. But he served our country,...

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Richard M Heeter Sr

Loving son, husband, father of 9 (yes nine!), grandfather of 16. Proud Air Force veteran. We miss this remarkable man...

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City of Newark

Honoring all Veteran employees and Veteran retirees of the City of Newark who have served our Country

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Newark Police Department

Honoring all City of Newark Police Officers for their service to our community

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Aetna Hose Hook & Ladder Company

Honoring all Firefighters and EMT’s who serve our City of Newark Community

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John Wiggins

Uncle Jack served in World War II at the same time as his four of his brothers. They When he...

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Russell Wiggins

Uncle Russell served in World War II, mostly in Protection Service. His last assignment was in Washington, D.C. He served...

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Bert Wiggins

Uncle Bert was a decorated serviceman in World War II, serving under Patton in North Africa into Europe and the...

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William Leslie Broomall

Col. Wm. Leslie Broomall, my brother-in-law, was a decorated Air Force officer, serving in many locations around the world during...

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Verlye Wiggins

My father was the second oldest of 7 sons. While the others were able to serve in World War II...

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Ross Wiggins

My grandpap, Ross Wiggins, taught me so many things in my life. He wasn't educated, didn't serve in the wars,...

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Joe Bucksner

Joe is a City of Wilmington Detective Supervisor. He has served as an officer for more than 15 years and...

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William H. Robinson

Proudly served in the Navy on the USS Boxer aircraft carrier during the Korean War from 1955-1959.

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Lawrence Massengill

U.S. Army - Active Duty

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Col. Paul E. Wise, Jr.

Paul was a highly-decorated US Army officer, achieving the rank of full Colonel. He retired in 1982 but not before...

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Leo A. Sullivan

World War II hero, served in the US Navy and was present at the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay, his...

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Honorable Wayne R. Hanby

Our hometown hero is retired Corporal, Judge Wayne R. Hanby. Wayne proudly served with the United States Marine Corps (2nd...

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Who can be my Hero?

Anyone who made a difference in your life, and that you’d like to honor in this special way. Heroes can be:

  • parent
  • veteran
  • police officer
  • mentor
  • sibling
  • active military
  • firefighter
  • friend
  • teacher
  • coach
  • paramedic
  • volunteer

Where does the money go?

Proceeds benefit a variety of community organizations and projects, including;

  • Newark Area Welfare Committee
  • Downes Homework Club
  • Stockings for Soldiers
  • Junior Achievement
  • Relay for Life
  • Shoes that Fit


Over Veterans Day weekend 2018 (Thursday Nov 8 through Tuesday Nov 13), we installed and displayed 120 flags at the City of Newark Municipal Building. On Monday Nov 12, we held a ceremony. The agenda for the day:

Mayor Polly Sierer

Presentation of the Colors
University of Delaware ROTC Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance
Led by Laura DelPercio; Newark Morning Rotary

Mary Konwinski

Paul Keely; Newark Morning Rotary

Presentation of our Heroes
Read by Clinton Tymes; Newark Morning Rotary

The National Anthem
Gaetano “Vinnie” Vinciguerra

Concluding Remarks
Mayor Polly Sierer

Our 2018 Heroes

Robert Tillman Dantzler WWI Veteran Robert Dantzler
Victor Moon Steven Moon
Frank A. Konwinski Mary Konwinski
Joshua Frank Smedley Mary Konwinski
C. Bernard McCartan Mary Konwinski
Mary W. McCartan Mary Konwinski
Kelly Smedley Mary Konwinski
Laura Gibson Mary Konwinski
Bertrum Wiggins Robin Broomall
Robert James Vandegrift Robin Broomall
Jean Newcomb Don Newcomb
Roy H. Brown Donna Friswell
Joseph Scanlon Bill McNabola
Thomas Frank Holt Jerry Holt
Nancy Reese Holt Jerry Holt
Mike Lochary Mike Laur
Paul Babikian Linda, Karen & Pauline Babikian
K of C Council K of C Council
David R. Dawson Fred Dawson
Daniel B. Maynard, Sr. Fred Dawson
Maj Gen Oscar Eugene Trivits Fred Dawson
Issac Francis & Verdie Marsisbanks Holt Jerry Holt
William Paul Holt, Jr. Jerry Holt
Colonel Paul E. Wise Courtyard Marriott Newark
Jay S. Danneman Springhill Suites by Marriott
Newark Police Department Mayor Polly Sierer
All Newark-area Veterans Mayor Polly Sierer
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
All the Unknown Heroes Doug Gordon
James Edwin Mauldin James & Aurelia Mauldin
Wilbert Truxon Tia Renae Truxon Bolden
Joseph Neeves WWII Veteran Rick & Anne Wenger
Naajee Tymes Clinton Tymes
Alfred Holliday Marie Holliday
Al Holliday Marie Holliday
Ray G. Dikeman Marie Holliday
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
All heroes, past & present Michael Smith
Janice Broomall Robin Broomall
Mary Lou Standarowski Robin Broomall
Robert W. Peiffer Mike & Karen Luck
Monica K. Peiffer Mike & Karen Luck
Col. Paul Wise Francis Kwansa
Dr. Michael Olsen Francis Kwansa
Charles Eugene Owens, Sr. Joan Pierson
Gregg Paul Lynam Gregg M. Lynam
John A. Wilson Gregg M. Lynam
Police; Newark & State of DE Joseph Myer
Military; Navy, Air Force, Army & National Guard Joseph Myer
Hospital Workers Joseph Myer
Gabe McCloskey Boulden Brothers
Maurice Harrison Boulden Brothers
Adam McMullen Boulden Brothers
Robert Marsh Boulden Brothers
Charlie Dike Boulden Brothers
Lawrence Massengill Boulden Brothers
Corey McMullen Boulden Brothers
Jay Hornor John Hornor
Andrew Miller John Hornor
Bob Bracken John Hornor
Kenneth Sayther Paul & Linda Sayther
Earl Sayther Paul & Linda Sayther
John M. Tomson Paul & Linda Sayther
John M. Tomson, Jr. Paul & Linda Sayther
The Tyree family Evelyn Hayes
The Woody family Evelyn Hayes
The Houser family Evelyn Hayes
2076th USAR Army “BUDDIES” Evelyn Hayes
Joanne K. L. Viviano Cindi Viviano
Bernie Greenhouse Dennis Greenhouse
Robert Donovan Dennis Greenhouse
Vincent P. Keely Paul & Eileen Keely
Richard Heeter, Sr. Paul & Eileen Keely
Brian Mehan Ron Mehan
Frank N. Broujos Sr. USMC Michael & Heather Broujos
Reese Barnum Navy Laura DelPercio
Raymond J. Schaal Navy Laura DelPercio
Jerry DelPercio Army Laura DelPercio
Roy C. Brondum US Navy Josh Martin
Nancy Miner and Family Evelyn Hayes
Ronald Fratantoni Tom Minto
Jeffrey S. Swanson USMC Eric Cannon
Wilbur Newcomb Don Newcomb
David Wallace Don Newcomb
Pat Doyle Don Newcomb
Allan Loomis Don Newcomb
Trevor Reed Lyn & Frank Henshaw
Patrick Joseph Feeney, Jr. Patricia Rutherford
Doran Sauers Trish & Nate Pettijohn
Bud Lewis 1/1/1924 – 5/14/2007 Bob Cronin
Ronald Regan Accurate Auto Service
Jack Butler Premier Auto & Tire
Charlie Hollenbaugh, Jr. Premier Auto & Tire
Melvin J. Dennis Joyce Henderson