Flags for Heroes 2021

2021 Heroes

Heroes come in many forms. Whether military personnel, frontline and healthcare workers, or social justice activists committed to equality – we raise a flag in their honor and recognize their service and sacrifice. Together, we can encourage our friends and neighbors to recognize heroes in our community. Join us in applauding the service of our local champions and be a part of this incredible tradition in our community. You can help by sponsoring your personal hero with a $50 tax deductible donation.

Medard M Slatwinski

Medard was born in NYC and grew up in Poland. He served in the European and African Theatres during WWII...

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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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Rocco G. DiDonato

United States Army, Dessert Shield/Dessert Storm

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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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Naajee Tymes

United States Navy Stationed in Washington State

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Norman Carter

Served in the US Army, 173rd Airborne Division, SP4. In Viet Nam 1967-1968.

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Brandon Smith

Police officer in Delaware

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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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Kenneth Huelskamp Sr

Navy Veteran 20 yrs service

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Jack Kavanagh

Served in the Strickland Destroyer Escort in the Atlantic and Pacific during World War II.

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Jack kavanagh

Served in the Strickland Destroyer Escort in Atlantic and Pacific WWII

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Betty Kavanagh

My mom survived Polio, two bouts of cancer, raised 9 children and worked in the family business. Never complained.

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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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Art Lear

Delawarean who served in Europe during World War II

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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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James B. Streit, Sr.

Marine, WWII

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F. Charles Raab, III

U,S. Navy, Atlantic theater

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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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SSgt Corima Chavez


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Sgt Ryan Golder

USMC, Afghanistan

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Astor Ritter

WWII from 1942-46

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Melvin J. Dennis

Melvin is my brother who fought for this country by serving in the US army.

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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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Gregory Kupar

Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CW4) in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

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Michael Loro

A military veteran and a great father.

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Ralph L. Hairsine


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John Stapleford

Air Force Vietnam War Faithful Servant, Defender of the Downtrodden

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Captain Trevor Reed

Currently serving a tour in Afghanistan and Kuwait. Received the Combat Action award.

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Cathryn Minnich

Emergency Room Nurse

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MIchael Caughlin Jr.

199th light infantry brigade, Vietnam,1966-1968

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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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Charles J Bryson Jr

Vietnam war veteran

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Kenneth L Roach

Navy, WW II

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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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Robert "Bupper" Bachman

Honorably served in U.S. Army. Loving father, grandfather, husband, uncle, brother and son.

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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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Howard J. Savacool

Howard, my father, served in the Marine Corp. 1946-48. He then served in the Marine Reserves till 1952, finishing as...

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Joseph Bucksner

Joe is a 15 year veteran of the Wilmington Police Department and currently a supervisor within the detectives unit. He...

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Bobby Fangman

Flight Attendant United Flt 175. 9/11

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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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Jerry Clifton

Delaware National Guard, retired after 21 years of service

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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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Leo A. Sullivan

WWII vet in the US Navy, served on LSTs in Europe and later the Pacific Theater, his ship was one...

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Col. Paul E. Wise, Jr.

Prof. Wise was a highly decorated U.S. Army officer, achieving the rank of full colonel. He retired in 1982, but...

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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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Sponsor a Flag

By sponsoring a flag, you are not only recognizing the men and women you admire, but supporting the Newark Morning Rotary Club in its mission of service above self by making local community service projects throughout the year possible.

100% of the proceeds from your sponsorship benefit a variety of community organizations, scholarships, and projects such as:

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

Who Can Be Your Hero?

Your heroes are anyone who has made a difference in your life that you’d like to honor in this special way, including:

Active military


Police officers