Hundreds of flags throughout Morgantown honor local heroes

Published: May. 20, 2019 at 9:44 PM EDT
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You may have begun seeing the hundreds of flags throughout Morgantown.

Many of them were put up this past weekend through the Cheat Lake Rotary. The flags are outside the Pierpont Center, Don Knotts Boulevard, and outside of the WVU Creative Arts Center.

This is the third year they've put the flags throughout the city. The idea came after a Cheat Lake Rotary member saw it in a city in Maryland.

"Three years ago we started with 200 flags," said Cheat Lake Rotary President Jordan Feathers. "Last year we added another 100 flags in this area at the Pierpont Center. This year thanks to Clear Mountain Bank, we've actually added 100 more flags."

They're at 400 flags throughout the city. The idea is to honor not only veterans, but other community members too.

"We have a lot of great community heroes -- not just veterans, we're talking about teachers, fathers, mothers, and grandparents -- anybody can be your hero," Feathers said.

Rotary member and veteran Jamie Summerlin says as a veteran and community member, it means a lot for him to see the community coming together.

"Being here in Morgantown for the past 20 years it's really great to see the community come out and support this," Summerlin said.

He served in the Marine Corps in the 1990s.

"As a Rotarian, as a veteran, and as a community member, I'm just proud and honored to see Morgantown embrace this and see the outpouring support we've had."

Clear Mountain Bank helped contribute to get an additional 100 flags at the Pierpont Center this year.

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