Ceremony Honors America's Fallen Military Heroes

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Many men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces have given their lives in the fight for America's freedom.

Often those sacrifices are only remembered on Memorial Day or Veterans Day.

However, one group is making sure these brave men and women and their families are honored and remembered for a lifetime.

Recently, one evening was filled with special music and a special tribute to service men and women killed in all American wars.

CBN New anchor Lee Webb served as master of ceremonies for the 2nd annual Honor and Remember tribute to America's fallen and their families.

More than 30 Gold Star families -- families who have lost a son or daughter in battle -- were honored with a very touching presentation.

Each family received an Honor and Remember flag -- personalized with the name of their fallen loved one.

George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, started the organization to help preserve the memory of service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America's freedom.

He started the group after his son was killed in Iraq in 2005. Since then, he has given nearly 700 flags to families who have lost a loved one in military combat.

"I'd like people to understand that there are men and women who have given all for their freedom, and that there are family members they have left behind who will be forever changed, and it's important to appreciate that sacrifice in a very real way," Lutz told CBN News.

The families are grateful their loved ones won't be forgotten.

"It's very special. We're very grateful that anyone would take the time to set aside a special night to say, 'Hey we remember,'" said Terri Campbell.

"He fought for his country because he believed in what he was doing. He was all ready to go to Afghanistan. He wanted to fight for his country. a wonderful, wonderful son, brother, and a father," Tisha Walker said.

"You wonder if people will remember your child that you raised. Receiving the flag tonight tells me that that he will be remembered," Jan Anderson said.

Members of the military also paid tribute to the families of their fallen comrades.

"Do not ever forget these family members out here because they've sacrificed just as much as the ultimate price of our fallen soldiers have," U.S. Army Capt. Anthony Robbs told the audience.

Efforts are underway in Congress to make the Honor and Remember flag a national symbol.

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Charlene  Aaron

Charlene Aaron

CBN News Reporter

Charlene Aaron serves as a general assignment reporter and helps anchor for the CBN News Channel.  Follow her on Twitter @CharNews and "like" her at Facebook.com/CharleneIsraelCBNNews.