Wekiva Island, Heroes Strong to host Flag Retirement Ceremony

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  • Orlando, FL (1888PressRelease) June 07, 2019 - With Memorial Day and Independence Day, many in the United States take time to remember troops who have made the ultimate sacrifice and celebrate the country throughout the summer. But there’s another patriotic holiday that is often overlooked—Flag Day.

    Not this year.

    Two local organizations are coming together on June 14 to commemorate the day, celebrate the country and honor the flag and the heroes it stands for in the proper way. This year, Wekiva Island and Heroes Strong will present a special Flag Retirement Ceremony and Celebration at Wekiva Island.

    The event will include a chance to eat a meal with local heroes, celebrate America and enjoy and sing along with patriotic music. But the highlight will be a moving flag retirement ceremony to honor the symbol of our nation and all it stands for.

    The idea was sparked by David Rubin, the founder of the Wekiva Strong movement, which seeks to honor and thank first responders. With the idea, he wanted to expand Wekiva Strong to honor all heroes who serve the country via Heroes Strong

    “A lot of us out there are proud to fly the flag, myself included” Rubin said. “But I’ve never seen a flag retirement ceremony like this in our community. We wanted to give people a way to properly and respectfully retire flags that have done their duty.”

    Attendees are invited to bring their torn, faded or badly soiled flags to Wekiva Island, 1014 Miami Springs Road, Longwood, until 1 p.m. Friday, June 14. Organizers will then cut each flag into four pieces—three red-and-white striped banners and the blue star field, which represents that the union remains intact. The pieces will then be burned to respectfully retire the flags.

    “At Wekiva Island, we’re all about veterans and patriotism,” said Mary Sue Weinaug, one of the owners. “We want to do everything we can to show our thanks. Respectfully retiring the colors those men and women fought for seemed like another perfect way to do that.”

    Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to the event, which is free. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. with a meal, and the flag ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Other patriotic events will follow.

    Fisher House and Folds of Honor will also be part of the event. Folds of Honor provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and service-disabled members. Fisher House builds houses where military and veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.

    A portion of the proceeds from the sale of a special flag themed Tervis at Wekiva Island will be donated to Fisher House.

    For more information, visit the event page on Facebook here. For more information on Wekiva Island, visit wekivaisland.com.

    About Wekiva Island
    Located on the beautiful Wekiva River, Wekiva Island offers visitors the chance to experience the real Florida. The natural attraction features more than 2,000 square feet of entertainment along the riverfront, including activities from canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding to volleyball and cornhole. Wekiva Island hosts regular monthly events. The Tooting Otter bar offers a selection of craft beer and wine, and Without a Paddle Café serves up a full menu, including for special events. Guests can also purchase gifts or souvenirs at the General Store. Meeting space, events space and private cabana rentals are available. Sustainability and a passion for the environment is at the heart of Wekiva Island’s mission. Wekiva Island is located at 1014 Miami Springs Drive in Longwood, Florida. For more information, visit wekivaisland.com or call 407-862-1500.

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