The Culpeper Honors Veterans with Flags for Heroes

The Culpeper Honors Veterans with Flags for Heroes

Dozens gathered at The Culpeper on November 9 for the Flags for Heroes event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Culpeper, to thank, honor and remember all veterans. The service organization honored nearly 200 veterans, service members, first responders and front lines workers with a U.S. flag celebrating service and sacrifice. Club members placed the flags along James Madison Highway through a partnership with The Culpeper.   

“A hero faces adversity with grace and courage while helping someone in a moment of weakness,” said Rotarian and The Culpeper’s Director of Marketing Rose Wallace. “Flags for Heroes is also for our residents who endured a pandemic and their families who could not see them in person. It’s for the first responders and frontline medical workers walking alongside the community,” she said. “It’s for the teachers and parents, the grocery and restaurant workers, social workers, bus drivers, grandparents, aunts and uncles, utility crews and sanitation employees who showed up to work every day.”   

The commemorative event raised more than $10,000 for the Rotary Club of Culpeper. Wallace said the proceeds went to Special Love to fund Camp Fantastic, a summer camp for children battling cancer. Members of the club volunteer at the camp every summer. Proceeds also went towards scholarships for local high school students. Additionally, The Culpeper’s team donated the event space, materials and team members’ time totaling $6,000.   

The event featured an eight–plane flyover by Commemorative Air Force Capital Wing. Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2524 presented the nation’s colors while The Culpeper’s Chaplain Hans Murdock delivered the invocation. A bugler from Eastern View High School played Taps. The patriotic display remained in place for several weeks. Wallace said the community hopes to make it an annual event. 

This story was originally published in LifeSpire of Virginia’s 2021 Annual Report. The full digital magazine is available online.