The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 12, 2013

Rotary flag project begins


DANVILLE — The Danville Rotary Club announces flag sponsorships are available for its annual Rotary Memorial Way project.

For the past 14 years, Rotary Memorial Way has been a labor of love for the Danville Rotary Club. The club members, working with the local Vermilion County War Museum, started this project as a way to honor U.S. service men and women and to raise funds to support the museum and other community service projects, according to a press release.

For a $5 donation, individuals can sponsor a flag in honor or memory of a veteran or a loved one. Each flag will display the name of the person it is dedicated to on an attached tag. Rotarians and their family members will walk along Vermilion Street carefully placing the flags.

The flags will remain on display throughout the Memorial Day Weekend.

Last year, the project raised more than $7,000.

"The support for the Rotary Memorial Way project has been very gratifying over the years. It’s obvious that Danville residents care about their community and at the same time appreciate having a way to remember their loved ones. It’s wonderful to see the names on the flags and know how much people care. It’s a great tribute," said Jim Wagner, Rotarian and Memorial Way chair, in the release.

This year, the Rotary Club also is offering corporate sponsorships. For a $200 donation, a corporate sponsor will receive 40 flags and special recognition in the media. For corporate sponsorship information, contact Wagner at (217) 446-7243 or Amy Hoose at (217) 446-2940.

To honor an individual, forms are available at the War Museum, the Danville Public Library, Iroquois Federal, Old National Bank and Trillium Staffing or those interested can make a purchase online at:

Deadline for both corporate and individual sponsorships is May 20.

The Danville Rotary Club was founded Nov. 1, 1915, and has served the Danville area for almost 100 years with the motto, “Service Above Self.” The club meets at noon every Monday in the Days Hotel, 77 N. Gilbert St.