BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Evening Exchange Club of Lake Norman, in partnership with the Town of Troutman, is hosting the Walk of Heroes along the Richardson Greenway, displaying 250 hundred flags as part of a commemoration of the service and sacrifice of military members.
The flags will fly through Monday, May 29, for the community to walk through and pay tribute. The display will be lit up at night thanks to a donation of 250 solar lights by Lowe’s Home Improvement of Troutman.
The flags are available for purchase to honor a veteran or fallen military member as part of the Memorial Day remembrance activities and may be purchased for $35 on the greenway in front of Town Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. each day this week or purchased online. The flag will display the loved one’s name and can be picked up following Monday afternoon.
For more information, email email@example.com or call 704-677-6900 or 980-585-9946.
On Memorial Day at 11 a.m., the community is invited to attend an Evening Exchange Club of Lake Norman event at Troutman ESC Park (338 North Avenue behind Town Hall) to pay honor and respect to veterans and those who have served or died to defend our freedoms.
The event will feature guest speakers, including retired Gen. James Mallory, along with music, fellowship, and a hot dog lunch provided by the Town of Troutman.
Town Manager Ron Wyatt is thrilled to add this patriotic event to the many Troutman offers to the community.
“We’ve already had a lot of comments from folks who love our town and the fact that we honor veterans who have served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice,” he said.
Mayor Teross Young said this is a great opportunity “to really celebrate those who have served and are serving. I don’t think we do enough of that, so for our small town to do that in a way that gives back, at least for a moment, for those people — I think is meaningful.”
“It’s a small gesture, but I think clearly it gives us an opportunity just to say thank you.”
Young also thanked Lowe’s for their lighting donation to enhance the event. “They’ve always been a good partner with the town, and this is just one more example.”
Founded in 1911, the Exchange Club has over 18,000 members in 630 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The four pillars of the club are helping youth, promoting Americanism, community service, and child abuse prevention.
The Evening Exchange Club of Lake Norman formed in 2016, and members have volunteered many hours in community food banks, veterans programs, schools, and social service programs to give back to the community in which they live.
The club supports organizations The Christian Mission, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Richard’s Coffee Shop, Pharos Parenting, G4G Ministries, Iredell County United Way, Children’s Hope Alliance, Hope of Mooresville (HOMe), and FeedNC.
The club welcomes those interested in joining when it meets at Victory Lanes in Mooresville on the first and third Tuesday of each month, with social time from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and the meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. The joining fee is $25, with $65 quarterly dues.
5 thoughts on “Walk of Heroes graces Troutman greenway; Memorial Day ceremony planned at ESC Park”
I drove by this today. This took my breath away and made me so happy. We made the move here ten years ago. Bless all involved. It’s truly special!
I love the idea that we would honor our Veterans in such a way. With that said I strongly believe that money raised on a Veterans holiday, especially Memorial Day that the money raised should
go to Veterans. People actually think buying those flags in honor of a veterans that that’s what they are doing and they are not. I got that information when talking to a Marie Watts.
I am aware they have donated coffee to Richards Coffee House but this is Memorial Day! Selling those flags claiming to honor veterans and that money not go to a veteran or a veteran organization is mind blowing when this holiday is meant as a remembrance of our Fallen Heroes.
I’m extremely upset by this.
The fact that anyone would use this holiday of ALL holidays to raise money for anything other than our veterans is appalling and a slap in the face to our fallen, our veterans and their families.
The purpose of this event is to honor our Veterans. At this time of year many people purchase flags from retail outlets to display at their home and that money does not benefit Veterans or the community. However, purchasing a flag through our event not only allows us to display the flags and promote Americanism in our local towns but also allows us to do something amazing for local veterans as well as the local youth. I apologize if you think that is a waste of time or money.
We would love the opportunity for you or anyone to discuss the Exchange Club on a deeper level and explain who we are and all the programs we support. I am sure you would see our value to our community. Thank you!
Here is our website for anyone who would like to learn more: https://www.nationalexchangeclub.org/who-we-are/