The Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary club had its annual Flags for Heroes ceremony on Veterans Day Nov. 11, with more than 500 U.S. flags waving in the breeze behind the speaker’s podium.
Rotarian Pete Booker, serving as emcee, told the crowd gathered along Kings Highway that the program honors all community heroes, including veterans, educators, healthcare workers and first responders. Representing that group were U.S. Army Col. Edward Dowgin, coordinator of the Cape High School JRTOC program; Beebe Healthcare CEO and President Dr. David Tam; featured speaker U.S. Army Lt. Col. Marques Bruce; and former Lewes Mayor Ted Becker, an Army veteran.
The Cape Henlopen High School Wind Ensemble and Cape Chorale provided patriotic music for the event, and the JROTC Color Guard presented the flags.
Invited guests included Sen. Russ Huxtable, D-Lewes; Sussex County Councilman Mark Schaeffer; Lewes Mayor Andrew Williams; Becker, representing the Delaware River & Bay Authority and Lewes Chamber of Commerce; and Lewes Police Chief Thomas Spell.
The Rev. Jeffery Ross of St. Peter’s Church offered the invocation.