CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The next time you drive through Charlotte County, you will see a lot more red, white, and blue on Veterans Boulevard. With Veterans Day right around the corner, a local women's club has a way you can honor those who served in the military, as well as others who put their lives on the line every day to protect us.
"Anything that has to do with our country I just, I feel like saluting, I feel like standing at attention and saluting," says Carol Deluca.
That's the emotion veteran, Carol Deluca hopes everyone feels when they see these flags flying along Veterans Blvd.
"It just makes me proud, very proud," she adds.
Deluca served in the Women's Army Corps and the National Guard for seven years. Now, a veteran, she's happy to be a part of this effort, flying flags to honor heroes.
"I was very proud to be able to put my daughter's brother-in-law, put a flag up for him, he was missing in action in Vietnam... there's a memory of him," she adds.
But it's not just for the men and women who served in the military. The Women's Club of Port Charlotte started this 'Flags for Heroes' program to give folks the opportunity to raise a flag and hang a banner for someone special in their life.
"Your hero can be a veteran it can be a policeman, fireman, your mother your father, whoever is your hero," says Mary Walters with the Club.
Amidst these flags is one flying for Sgt. Michael Wilson, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Deputy who was killed in the line of duty in August.
"We need to honor the people who make sacrifices for us so that we can enjoy what we have," Linda Webb, a veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps.
While the flags will fly through the month of November, these women hope the sentiment their message carries on. Organizers hope the effort grows every year.
If you're interested in getting a flag for your hero, contact the Women's Club of Port Charlotte at 941-766-8855.