Last week,as we considered how we should honor our town’s veterans during Wareham’s Veterans Day recognition ceremony in November, we came up with what I thought was a pretty ambitious plan: A massive display of 1,800 small American flags — one for each of the town’s veterans — in front of our buildings.
As you may have noticed, I am not easily discouraged. It is September. There are still several weeks before Veterans Day. So, we decided, why not try to raise the $550 dollars needed to purchase 1,800 flags?
I’ve never attempted to “crowd-fund” anything, but it seemed worth trying on this community project. If it didn’t work, we could come up with another plan.
On Friday, we set up a GoFundMe page with a description of our project: http://www.gofundme.com/ecvicc.
What I didn’t expect was the huge way the Wareham community responded.
By Friday evening, we were well on our way to our $550 goal.
By Saturday afternoon, we had met it and surpassed it.
All of it, done, in two days — thanks to our community.
I am humbled and thrilled that we can honor each of our town’s veterans with a flag. I hope they and their families will see this display and know that we truly appreciate their service and sacrifices.
To the community: We thank you profusely for helping us to recognize our veterans in this way. We will keep you all posted as this project progresses!
Dr. Kimberly Shaver-Hood