September 1, 2022
For Immediate Release: Ceremonies to open the Flags for Heroes exhibit will be held at 12:30 PM, on Friday, September 9, 2022, at the Center Court in the Maine Mall. Chaplin Dwayne Hopkins and singer Nanette Ranger will participate with Rotarians in the opening program.
Contact:           Charlie Friar email: mobile phone 807-5348
Portland Rotary’s 2022 Flags for Heroes is grateful to the 100 supporters who donated to sponsor a flag to honor the name or names of our heroes. Opening ceremonies scheduled for 12:30 PM, on Friday, September 9, 2022 at the Maine Mall.
MAINE MALL, South Portland- With appreciation for the generosity received from 100 donors, the annual Portland Rotary’s Flags for Heroes exhibit scheduled to open at the Maine Mall on September 7, 2022, has met the goal of receiving 100 flag sponsors. 
From September 7th through September 14th, Center Court at the Maine Mall will be lined with American flags, each one with signage displaying the name of an honored hero.
The flags and plaques will be on display at the Maine Mall starting with a dedication ceremony on Friday September 9 at 12:30 inside the Mall. This program is a community celebration hosted by the Maine Mall.
“We are honored to present this community service program with the Maine Mall,” said Rotary President Bruce Jones.  “This is a very special program. We have had 10 local businesses sponsor flags this year as well as non- Rotarians. The community sees value in the ceremony of honoring others.”
Contributions made to the Portland Rotary’s Flags for Heroes are dedicated to charitable organizations and projects that are included in the club’s avenues of service to the community, to provide high school students with scholarships, to support youth vocational development, as well as international humanitarian projects. Portland Rotarians are directly engaged in many service projects. To name just a few includes, “All Hands Hold Books”, led by Speech Pathologist Dr. Liz Fagan;  the Rotary volunteers who participate in mentoring activities with the Long Creek Youth Development Center residents; and club participation in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.  This year, a $3,000 contribution from the donations received will be sent to help Ukrainian assistance for the victims of the war.
One of the 100 Flags for Heroes honored in the 2022, exhibit will be a dedication to the late Portland Rotarian member Nan Heald, the executive director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, from 1990 – 2022, who died on February 4, 2022.
Opening ceremonies for the community on September 9th, will be led by President Bruce Jones, with a Chaplain Dwayne Hopkins, who is the executive director of the South Portland Food Cupboard as well as Chaplain to the Scarborough Police, and Fire Department and the Maine Association of Police.  Nanette Ranger Duncanson, a former Portland Rotarian, will lead the song for the service.
Portland Rotary is proud to present this “Service Above Self” program to the community, with support from the club’s members, sponsors and the Maine Mall.