Memorial to finance flags
Marion will be getting new flags for its new downtown light poles, and PRIDE member Margaret Wilson is eager to show appreciation of the gift, donated in memory of longtime businessman Charles Heerey, who died May 13.
“It’s an excellent way for us as a community to show he loved Marion and we’re going to love him back,” she said.
New flags have not yet been delivered, Wilson said, but should be soon.
“We’re on hold until the project is complete and light poles are ready to accommodate decorations,” she said.
After the light poles are finished, brackets will be attached so the flags can used.
Directing memorials toward charitable causes such as this is not unheard of, Wilson said.
“Many people feel like a memorial has a lasting effect,” she said. “A lot of people designate memorials to their church, city library, or park.”
Being able to reinvest in the community means extra because of what Heerey and his family mean to the community, Wilson said.
“He did everything right,” she said. “He was a good family man who was faithful to his church and involved in the community.”