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Honor and Remember

In the entire history of the United States, nearly 240 years, over 1.6 million veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their life in the service of their country. From the Revolutionary through the casualties of World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and any number of “police actions” in our history, there is no symbol to honor and remind us of those who died.

We must acknowledge the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices made by brave men and women that allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans. Generations of our military men and women killed in service to our country deserve a symbol of continuous gratitude and respect. Here is that symbol!
In the more than 200 years of our nation’s history there has never been an officially recognized symbol that reminds us daily of the sacrifices made by members of our military, the lives lost in service to our country and one that recognizes in gratitude and respect this ultimate sacrifice made in service to our great nation. The Honor and Remember Flag was created and proposed as a national emblem for that purpose.

How did the Honor and Remember flag come about? Here is the story... On December 29, 2005, George Anthony Lutz II (Tony) was killed by a sniper’s bullet while he was on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. His family and friends endured the shock, emotional agony and overwhelming loss that accompanied the news of Tony’s death, just like the many families who have suffered the same tragedy.
In the months that followed Tony’s funeral, his father, George, visited other families who had lost loved ones in the Iraq war. He began to sense that he had joined the ranks of a unique fellowship. These families were only the latest additions to a group that originated with the American Revolution, when the first soldiers to shed their blood for our freedom gave their lives.

George found another commonality among the families of fallen soldiers. After their grief had transitioned to numbness and finally to acceptance, many families wanted to know two things: their sacrifice was not in vain and the nation would never forget. These concerns led George on a quest to discover if there was a universally recognized symbol that specifically acknowledges the American service men and women who never made it home. To his surprise, he found nothing. Thus the Honor and Remember Flag was conceived.

The Honor and Remember Flag's design is distinctive, yet simple. Each detail on the flag symbolizes an important part of the overall meaning of the flag's message.

The Red Field represents the blood spilled by brave men and women in America’s military throughout our history, who willingly gave their lives so that we all would remain free.

The Blue Star represents active service in military conflict. This symbol originated with World War I, but on this flag it signifies service in all wars from the American Revolution to present day.

The White Border surrounding the gold star recognizes the purity of sacrifice. There is no greater price an American can pay than to give his or her life in service to our country.

The Gold Star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who will not return home. Gold reflects the value of the life that was given.

The Folded Flag signifies the final tribute to an individual life that a family sacrificed and gave to the nation.

The Flame is an eternal reminder of the spirit that has departed this life yet burns on in the memory of all who knew and loved the fallen hero.

There are those who say that, “we already have a flag that commemorates military men and women who died in service for their country. They/we have fought for and under the American Flag, pledge allegiance to this flag, and will be honored to have ‘Old Glory’ folded in our name one day. We have one flag, one symbol that represents all that is great with our country.”

For those who say we already have a flag that commemorates those who died to keep America free are missing the point. The Honor and Remember Flag is to remind the living that those who sacrificed did not make that sacrifice in vain and that they WILL be remembered.

Can anyone remember Crispus Attucks or even know who he was? He was reportedley the first casualty of the Revolutionary War on March 5, 1770 at what was later called "The Boston Massacre." There have been many brave men and women, my brothers- and sisters-in-arms, who followed him. If this Honor and Remember Flag causes us to remember even one person who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country, then it can be considered a rousing success.

George Lutz, the creator of the Honor and Remember Flag said this, “These families who have lost loved ones in the service of our country only want to know two things. ‘Did they die in vain?’ ‘Will they be remembered?’ This flag answers those questions.”

Lutz further stated, “…I too thought that the American flag should represent those lives lost. However it is not what Old Glory was meant to stand for. She stands for everything (stated above) but nowhere in its meaning does it identify the sacrifices made. We have many flags to honor various groups in our nation, we have magnets and t-shirts that say support our troops. But we have nothing that speaks specifically to the sacrifice and says Thank You! Why not a beautiful recognizable symbol that says we recognize that sacrifice and fly it in thanks to all those who didn’t return home. We have thousands of unappreciated Vietnam and Korean War vets. I am reminded how they were treated not long ago, and even less so the parents of those who died there. Let’s remind Americans there is that select group who died, so that we may walk free. Why not an icon so that all of the families, friends and veterans have some closure in the fact that we actually will never forget. Nothing is meant to ever replace or diminish the American flag, the proudest symbol of our nation. But like the POW flag recognizes a most honored and unique group so respectfully, so does the Honor and Remember flag. I believe there are hundreds of thousands that see this need and many more in appreciation of this important vision.”

I will continue flying my Honor and Remember Flag right up there under “Old Glory” as long as I breathe in the freedom of America and all that she stands for.

The mission of the Honor and Remember organization is to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. All Military lives lost not only in action but also in service, from our nation's inception.

The goals of Honor and Remember are simple:
1.      To promote the vision of the Honor and Remember Flag and request that visitors to the website sign a petition and pass the word about the importance of this new symbol.
2.      To build a consensus among the branches of the United States military, veterans organizations, service and civic groups, businesses and individuals in order to collectively solicit the Department of Defense and the United States Congress to propose and accept the Honor and Remember Flag as the official flag for honoring all fallen servicemen and servicewomen.
3.      To promote broad national awareness of and groundswell interest in the flag, so that military, government and educational facilities as well as households throughout the country would begin flying the Honor and Remember Flag in recognition of our nation's fallen warriors.
4.      To place one personalized Honor and Remember Flag in the hands of living parents who have lost a child in military service to America.

Please support the cause by, signing the petition at www.honorandremember.org, by speaking out to everyone you come into contact with telling them that the Honor and Remember flag needs to be endorsed and adopted by every level of government, every veterans and civic organization, every business entity and every individual. Contact your legislators at every level and ask… no, demand that they support and officially endorse and adopt the Honor and Remember Flag. “The need is GREAT, the goal is ATTAINABLE, and the time is NOW!”
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