TAMPA, Fla. — While many of us have been watching and waiting all day to see who wins the presidential election, there was an event happening in Tampa that had nothing to do with red states or blue states. It was about the American flag, which represents all the states.
“As divided as sometimes we may seem we all live in one country, we all bleed red, white and blue,” said Kevin Beckner, with the Rotary Club of Tampa.
Beckner is the organizer of the inaugural Flags for Hillsborough’s Heroes, a Rotary Club of Tampa event.
More than 200 American flags were on display at Veterans Park, each one representing one of our heroes who have served our country and community during a time of need.
Some of those honored included teachers, military veterans, medical personnel and law enforcement.
“This is all about coming together and being the proud Americans that we are and it’s the heroes in our community that united us especially during difficult times,” said Beckner.
The heroes, who were nominated by family and friends, each had their name on display next to a different flag.
“This is a non-partisan event, everybody really coming together, talking about the good these honorees do in the community and have done for our country,” said Jonathan Moore, with the Rotary Club of Tampa.
Moore nominated his best friend, Steve Towe, who has worked decades in law enforcement.
“He’s worked through this pandemic continuously to keep the country safe here locally,” said Moore.
Chloe Coney, founder of CDC Tampa, was so proud to see her own name next to Old Glory. She said it’s important to remember we all stand for so much more than just how we vote.
“Every person’s work, their passion, commitment, is important in the United States of America,” said Coney.
The money raised to nominate each hero will be donated to non-profit organizations throughout the community.