Field of flags honor veterans


Take a drive down Route 57 in Liverpool and you will soon come across a field of flags.

"They put their lives on the lines," Greg Hamilton said.

Hamilton is with the Onondaga North Rotary. The rotary sells what it calls its "Honor Flags of Gratitude" for thirty dollars to anyone who wants to honor a veteran or first responder. Money raised from the sale of the flags goes to help veterans groups in central New York.

"We decided it was a good idea to give back to veterans. We see a lot of need out here and we thought we might be able to help in some way," Hamilton said.

The North Onondaga Rotary started the Honor Flags of Gratitude five years ago with just 40 flags. Today there are more than 550 flags and the demand for them continues to grow each year.

This is the second year the Honor Flags of Gratitude have been displayed in front of Wegmans off Route 57. Hamilton says they have gotten a lot of positive feedback on the flags, especially from veterans.

"We've had numerous times where we will be out here working in the fields setting it up and they will thank us for doing this and we are like, we are thanking you. We're doing this to say thanks for what you have done," Hamilton said.

The Honor Flags of Gratitude have been flying here for a little over a week. The flags will be taken down after veterans day. Though the flags will be gone, the sacrifice each one represents will never be forgotten.

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