Honor Flag Symbolizes Soldiers' Sacrifice

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Millions of service men and women have laid down their lives for our freedom and one man is on a mission to see that their sacrifice is never forgotten.        

"Everywhere I would see the POW flag and I thought 'Wow, what an awesome tribute to that group of individuals,'" George Lutz founder of Honor & Remember said. "They were given a flag to remember that they were missing, that they were captured and I thought what an honor and then I thought the fallen need a flag."

George Lutz's son, Tony was killed in Iraq in 2005. The loss inspired Lutz to design the Honor & Remember flag which he hopes will one day fly in all 50 states as a tribute to American heros.

Lou and Mona Gunn lost their son Cherone in the U.S.S. Cole bombing in October of 2000. They believe the Honor & Remember flag will help bring closure. 

"When you give honor to American heroes or our troops, that is an honor in itself and to have something distinguish them. You know in this honor is so overwhelming and is so joyful," Lou Gunn said.

Mrs. Gunn said they will never forget their son's legacy.

"With time, people forget, but it's something that the parents and the relatives don't ever forget and to have that flag as a symbol of always remembering those who gave all," she said.  "It's very meaningful and it's a blessing."  

Rep. Randy Forbes D-Va. has taken up Lutz's cause, introducing a bill to make the Honor & Remember flag an official national symbol.

"There's no one flag you look at it and say that flag is just designated for those men and women who've given their lives defending the great freedoms we have in this country," he said. "And many veterans across the country began to realize this is important that we do. From that we took this bill and began working on it."

Gold star mom Marge Hickey's son was killed while serving in Vietnam. She is also hopeful the flag will bring healing to so many families as it did hers. 

"And it's just always like it was today, you never forget," she said. "It makes you feel proud to know that he is remembered and not forgotten because so many don't know what the flag is for."

Forbes said this is a way for the nation to remember.

"To realize this nation is willing to step up and say in a very tangible way, we really care and not only that we care but we're going to continue to remember and salute the loss that you had, means a lot to these parents," he said.

"They were individuals each one, one name, one life, one folded flag at a time and they deserve remembrance," Lutz said.

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