by Honor and Remember, Inc., The Dispatch is devoted to
keeping you informed about milestones, events and stories
associated with the Honor and Remember Flag Campaign.
OUR MISSION: Create, establish and promote a nationally
recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible
reminder to people and nations, specifically for all lives
lost in defense of our established freedoms.
Honor and Remember achieved three monumental
accomplishments this last month that have propelled us
further toward our goals. I am amazed and humbled by how
quickly important events have fallen into place in recent
At 10 a.m. on Friday, September 26th, I was honored to
attend a meeting of the American Gold Star Mothers National
Executive Board. Needless to say, the meeting was
emotionally overwhelming for all who were present. After I
shared the vision for the Honor and Remember Flag, its
symbolism and our organization's ultimate goals, the board
gave us their unanimous and enthusiastic endorsement.
In keeping with our charitable mission, I presented to the
president of the board, Mrs Carter-Krell, a personalized
flag in honor of her son, Pfc. Bruce Carter, who was killed
in Vietnam in 1969. He was posthumously awarded the
Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions that day. In
addition, executive board member Mrs. Morel also received a
personalized flag in honor or her son, Cpt. Brent Morel,
killed in Iraq in 2004.
This is what our primary mission is all about, bringing
individual honor and national recognition to each individual
life that was sacrificed in service to our country. My heart
breaks that these are the circumstances that bring me to
meet such great people. But we will push through the
heartache and emotion and give tribute to each one.
Simultaneous with that meeting, across town on Capital Hill,
House of Representative's members Thelma Drake and Randy
Forbes were introducing H.R. 7111 - A bill establishing the
Honor and Remember Flag as a new national symbol.
Truly this was an historic occasion, as four months to the
day from our unveiling of the the H&R Flag on May 26th
we now have legislation in the congressional record awaiting
Now is the time to begin contacting your district
representatives to make them aware of Bill 7111 and ask them
to support it. https://forms.house.gov/wyr/welcome.shtml
The third important milestone we achieved was the receipt of
official IRS approval of our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.
This is extremely important to us as an organization and
will enable us to openly seek sponsorships and donations.
Receiving approval from the IRS was a timely miracle since
this process generally takes six to nine months.
Everyday we gain additional veterans support from around the
country, with national endorsements from the Fleet Reserve
Association and the American Gold Star Mothers, more such
groups are in line to join them. We continue to gain
momentum as more local branches come on board. The VFW,
American Legion, Military Officers Association, the Vietnam
Veterans and the Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
are all joining us in this mission. Please continue to get
the word out to any organizations you may be affiliated with
whether these or similar groups, encouraging all to join the
Honor and Remember is truly a grassroots movement that will
enable America to have a tangible symbol which recognize its
fallen heroes 365 days a year. Thank you.
God bless you,
Sign the petition ~ Share the vision ~ Fly the flag
News in Brief
George will be featured on the national radio show
"The Small Business Advocate" hosted by Jim
Blasingame on October 7th at 7 a.m. You can listen by
visiting the web site:
HR will be attending the AUSA convention in Washington, D.C.
on October 6th through 8th ,seeking support.
George will be the Grand Marshall of the Veteran's Alliance
golf tournament on October 9th in Norfolk.
On October 12th, 10am, HR will honor the family members of
the sailors killed in the suicide attack on the USS Cole in
2000. Seventeen personalized Honor and Remember Flags have
been created, one for each of the seaman lost on that
terrible day. This will actually be the first year that the
USS Cole will be in port at the Norfolk Naval Base on the
anniversary of the attack.
The Southeastern Virginia Mustang club is organizing a car
show/fundraiser for Honor and Remember on October 18th.
There is an Honor and Remember motorcycle/car ride to the
Hampton Veterans Hospital planned for November 8th at 9 a.m.
that will leave from American Legion Post 280, Chesapeake.
George and other supporters have been making themselves
available for speaking engagements in the
Virginia-Washington, D.C. area. If you would like to arrange
for George to speak, please write to Contact@honorandremember.org
- CPT Christopher Floro
As a chaplain I have the privilege of walking and standing
on the sacred ground of the lives of many soldiers and their
families. This ground includes the myriad life and death
experiences that uniquely allow a deep look into the often
indescribable pain of the human soul. It is the calling that
God has put on my life and it is a high calling - one not to
be taken lightly or given up easily.
The place that I now stand and walk on with the Lutz family
began in the summer of 2005, when I first met Cpl.
"Tony" Lutz, his wife Tiffany and their beautiful
children, Anthony and Ava, at their pre-deployment training.
Young, happy, scared, devoted were all words I might use to
describe them and all the families there that day. For Tony
and me, our sacred ground included New Orleans, Louisiana,
in support of Hurricane Katrina, training in the
"cool" desert of 29 Palms, California, and then
several combat missions into Fallujah and the surrounding
area in mid to late December of 2005.
Tony's Tactical Psychological Operations Team (TPT) was the
last team I visited in Iraq prior to coming back to the
United States. I returned on Christmas Eve and was notified
on 29 Dec that Tony had been killed by a sniper in Fallujah.
A few days later I found myself standing and walking on
sacred ground with the Lutz family as we stayed up late into
the night talking and grieving. My time with them included
Tony's memorial ceremony, funeral and many visits and phone
It is now the fall of 2008, nearly three years since Tony
paid the ultimate price for his country, and his family
continues to walk and stand on sacred ground that is shared
with over 1.6 million other families in our country's
history. George (Tony's dad) and I talk and pray often over
what the loss of his son means, not just personally, but to
our nation. What one sees in the Honor and Remember
organization and flag is in a very substantial way that
embodies what all parents of fallen service members
desire - "that my son or daughter's loss was not in
vain and that they are honored and remembered for their
As a country we must be unrelenting in carrying the
sacrifices of our past into the present and future. When we
do not persevere in this, we begin to count lightly the cost
of our nation's greatest resource - its sons and daughters
and the freedoms the living now enjoy. Most warriors and
their organizations have an ethos or creed from which they
draw guidance and inspiration and the United States Army is
no different. One of the statements in the Army's Soldier's
Creed states, "I will never leave a fallen
comrade." For a soldier the clear application of those
words is understood to mean that on the battlefield we will
not leave a fallen soldier behind.
I believe that the Honor and Remember flag seeks, and
rightly so, to apply that ethos on a visible, national level
for all who have died in service for our great nation. Not
leaving behind a fallen comrade then expands and includes
honoring and remembering all of our service members'
sacrifices since our nation's beginning. The parents,
spouses, children and friends of our fallen continue to
remember, honor and walk daily with the reality of the
"sacred ground" of their fallen. I choose to walk
and stand with them on that sacred ground - that's why I'm
on board. Can our nation do any less? Chris
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How Can I Help?
As of the publication of this newsletter, there are well over 7000
total petition signatures. The numbers continue to grow consistently,
and we are proud of the response of so many in support. If you haven't
signed the petition, please follow the link now. And if you can spread
the word to your friends and relatives, you will help us build the
groundswell we need to accomplish our mission: 1.6 million names.
may regularly check results at www.honorandremember.org/petitiondonate.html
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previously, we continue presenting personalized flags in fulfillment of
our charitable goals. Flags are being donated by veterans organizations,
businesses and individuals. Ceremony's this month will include the USS
Cole families in Norfolk, VA and 3 mothers at a film premier in
Washington state. http://thecorporalsdiary.com
Currently, we have more than 50 specific requests for flags from Gold
Star mothers and almost 400 more yet to be contacted in just two state
Gold Star groups. With the addition of the American Gold Star Mothers,
there are literally thousands more parents that we need to locate and
present with the Honor and Remember Flag throughout the nation. This
mission is daunting. But it can and will be accomplished.
Please consider making a Contribution personally or through your
business, organization, CFC or United way. Also, please note that local
veteran chapters and branches are raising funds for specific Gold Star
mothers in their communities.
There are many expenses related to conducting this national campaign.
Any support you can give is essential. If you would like to contribute
to the mission of Honor and Remember, to establish a nationally
recognized flag that honors lives lost in military service to America,
and provide flags for parents, please click on the following link.
sponsors who support our troops are needed in order to launch a
full-time effort to spread the word and provide flags to Gold Star
families. If you know of a business or organization that might consider
becoming a benefactor or sponsor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
One important area
previously mentioned is to let your congressional representatives know
about H.R. 7111 and the importance of supporting it. Below is a sample
message you can copy and send:
"I am writing to urge your support for H. R. 7111, recently
introduced in Congress by Rep. Thelma Drake and Rep. Randy Forbes, to
establish the "Honor and Remember" flag as a national symbol
of the 1.6 million Americans who have given their lives in service to
our country since its founding in 1776.
In the 232 years of our national history, brave men and women have made
the ultimate sacrifice in wars and conflicts as members of the United
States military. Yet there is no tangible, national symbol by which we
honor these heroes specifically, nothing to remind us daily that they
should not be forgotten, nothing to say "thank you."
Therefore, I ask you to vote in favor of Rep. Drake's bill and help
establish a permanent and visible reminder for all Americans that
"Freedom is Never Free." Thank you.
Flags For Christmas:
Just a note to let you know that hand sewing personalized flags takes
three to four weeks. If you have given any thought to buying flags for
yourself or someone you know for Christmas, you may want to order soon.
The cut off for receiving flag orders to be delivered in time for
Christmas will be November 30th. Other items, unless we run out fast,
will have a cut off of December 15th.
We ask that you fly the Honor and Remember Flag at your home, church,
business, organization or on your car or motorcycle. There are other
ways to show support, such as T-shirts, hats, magnets, stickers and
Our flags and many other items are available
now for purchase at our website:
Thank you all for your support!
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