'Flags Over Hopkinton' Rotary project returnsBy TRAVIS R. MORIN
Union Leader Correspondent June 15. 2018 12:23AM
HOPKINTON — In keeping with a five year tradition of the local Rotary Club, the town of Hopkinton is currently all decked out in red, white, and blue for Flags Over Hopkinton.
Flags Over Hopkinton is an observance where Rotarians place American flags around the town for Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veterans Day. In exchange for a $40 donation to the club, the town’s 42 Rotarians will each year put up an American flag for all five holidays.
When the flags aren’t being displayed, the Rotarians store and care for the flags. Seth W. Greenblott, the president of the Hopkinton Rotarians, said the patriotic display has its roots in the club’s search for a sustaining fundraiser.
“A few years back we were looking for a new and different fundraiser that was community centered,” said Greenblott. “We wanted something that would be self perpetuating once it got going and we thought that something patriotic like this would work well in Hopkinton.”
In the years since the first Flags Over Hopkinton, the event has taken off, with more than 340 flags being displayed by the town’s 2,300 households.
“It kind of grows into the town,” said Greenblott of the fundraiser’s success. “Once a street gets to a certain capacity, I think the peer pressure kicks in and everyone else on that road wants to have a flag.”
Proceeds from the flag program go toward charitable causes, including the Town’s Fuel Assistance program, the Youth Exchange Program, and scholarships for graduating seniors.
“When you see the town on a weekend when the flags are out, the physical appearance is striking,” said Greenblott. “A pretty substantial percentage of the citizens are putting out flags and it really shows when you drive through the community. I think it’s impressive from a visual aspect and it’s positive for the Rotary because it’s part fundraising and part service.”