We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who lost their lives this year, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.
Spc. Isiah L. Booker, of Cibolo, TX, died Jan. 7, in Jordan, in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, KY.
Spc. John P. Rodriguez, of Hemet, CA, died Jan.12, in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting U.S. Army Central. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.
Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, IL, died Jan. 28 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida. He was supporting U.S. Central Command Operations. He was assigned to an East Coast based Special Warfare unit.
Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne, 21, of Ware, MA died Feb. 20, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,TX.
Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, 25, of Umatilla, OR, died March 28 in northern Syria in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, CO.
We would like to Honor the memory of these men who lost their lives last month, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.
We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.
Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville, NC, died Nov. 3 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.
Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, PA, died Nov. 3 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.
Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, KS, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.
Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, AZ, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.
Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, TX, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.
Spc. Ronald L. Murray Jr., of Bowie, MD, died Nov. 10, in Kuwait in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.
Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, CA, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.
Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, IL, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, VA, died Nov. 24 in northern Syria, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, VA.
For Immediate Release – October 17, 2015
Remembering America’s Fallen Military
National Partnership increases recognition for Families of our Military Fallen Heroes
Chesapeake, Virginia –
The Honor and Remember organization is partnering with the Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation to provide a free custom portrait of Fallen Heroes from internationally acclaimed artist Michael Reagan to each qualifying family. The Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation provides one free portrait to those families who have lost a loved one due to the war on terror while Honor and Remember presents unique personalized flags. It is their goal to present these portraits and flags together at specific ceremonies.
“This is a perfect affiliation which will allow us to reach many more Gold Star families with respectful and honorable tributes. We will always be grateful for those who stand up for us and our freedom and will never forget those fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Michael Reagan, President of Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation.
Honor and Remember Founder George Lutz said, “Together we are able to bring additional elements of healing to many grieving families and let them know their loved ones are not forgotten.”
Honor and Remember, Inc, through its state chapter network, will partner with the Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation to present these hand drawn portraits at specific planned events along with hand sewn personalized flags, wherever possible.
About the Honor and Remember Flag
The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled at a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008. The mission of Honor and Remember is to create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that will fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. The flag is meant to be a public symbol of appreciation that honors all military lives lost while serving since our nation’s inception.
Personalized flags are regularly presented to individual families of fallen service members. Each personalized flag contains the name, theater of operation and date of death of the individual. The flags are presented at both private and public occasions.
Honor and Remember, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.honorandremember.org.
About Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation
The mission is to honor the American Fallen Heroes for their ultimate sacrifice during the war against terrorism. The foundation will provide the resources to produce and distribute to each family a hand-drawn portrait of their Fallen Hero, created by artist Michael G. Reagan, free of charge. Each portrait is intended to show their Love and Respect for these Heroes and their families. Michael has to date created and sent to families more than 4,200 portraits of Fallen Heroes. The Michael G. Reagan Portrait Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For more information, please visit www.fallenheroesproject.org.
We sincerely thank these individuals, companies, corporations and organizations who have joined with us to bring permanent tribute to those families who by the very service and sacrifice of their loved one preserved the freedoms we all enjoy.
Goal one million, current total $61,000
Buddy and Jackie Morrissette, Virginia
Smithfield Foods, Inc., Virginia
In Loving Memory of
SGT Paul H. Protzenko ~ 9 July 2011 ~ Afghanistan
82nd Airborne/ CT Trooper First Class
Forever in our Hearts Mom, Dad, Colette, Traci & Guy
Mr and Mrs Mark Cichorz
Donna Jordan and Leonard Hollabaugh, Virginia
Hank and Diane Middleton, Virginia
COL (ret) Barry Creed, Virginia
IHO SGT Bernard Creed
Robert Smartschan, Virginia
Fahey and Lalani McCann, Virginia
William and Amy Wright II, Virginia
Brad and Terry Henderson, Texas
(Parents of CW2 Miles P. Henderson)
William and Christine Koch, New Jersey
Joseph and Shirley Falk, Virginia
Frontier Communications, Connecticut
Edward & Patricia Brunot, Virginia
Mr. Ted Adornato, Michigan
Mr. Paul Tiller, Virginia
Kathleen Mahoney, Michigan
Challenger Builders, Inc, California
Betsy and Conoly Phillips, Virginia
Annin Flagmakers, Inc, New Jersey
Curtis and Kristie Lee Boggs, Arizona
Lewis and Susie Miller, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. George Mayer, Virginia
The Christian Broadcasting Network, Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dimock ~ RIP Joey, Illinois
Suzy Kelly ~ CEO, Jo-Kell Inc., Virginia
National Sons of AmVets, Indiana
Mr. R. J. Messinger, Minnesota
Mr. & Mrs. William E. Hansen, Florida
(Proud parents of F3c William R. Hansen ~ 17 May 1987 ~ USS Stark)
Mr. Howard Johnson, Minnesota
Mr. Raymond Trosper, California
Gerald D. Marvin AFCM (AW) RET., Kansas
Ms. Mary Morris, Minnesota
Mr. Kevin Kilbane, Ohio
The Lance Family, Maryland
IHO HM3 James M. Swink
Mr. & Mrs. Kenny Golden
Honor and Remember Connecticut Chapter
Mr. John Cutrell
Joshua W. Harris Brookfield Memorial VFW Post #2868
Sons of the American Legion Squadron 605
American Legion Riders of PA Inc. Chapter PA
Texas House of Representatives, Jose Menendez
Bob Berggern ~ Bob’s Sporting Goods
Harvest Assembly of God – Chesapeake, VA
Fleet Reserve Association Inc – Norfolk, VA
Mr. Michael Del Greco
Bruce and Susie Moore
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Karslake
Mr. and Mrs. John McClain
Congressman and Mrs. Scott Rigell
Ms. Maureen McDonnell
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Fulton
Mr. and Mrs. Milt Akerman
Mrs. Cheryl McLeskey
Mr. Bobby Golden
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smartschan
Mr. and Mrs. Michael McClellan
Mr. and Mrs. John Faulk
American Road Markings
Mr. Jim Weigl
Senator Bill Brown (Oklahoma)
Rep Rick Miller (Texas)
Del Danny Burgess (Florida)
Mr. Tom Seuhs
Mr. Ryan Clay
Mr. Gary Lisota
Delegate Bill DeSteph (Virginia)
Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Campo
Text the word FAMILY to 91999
Besides the many words of appreciation from family members touched by our mission, the most frequent question we receive from those who are on our waiting list is: “When will I receive a personalized Honor and Remember Flag?” This is a heartbreaking question for us to answer because we desire nothing more than to place a personalized flag in their hands within a reasonable time of the request. However, the unfortunate reality is that the presentation of an heirloom quality personalized flag begins with resources, both physical and financial.
It may seem simple, but the steps required to ensure each family is respectfully presented with a flag are many. Research, communication, verification, manufacturing, delivery and presentation are all part of the lengthy process. But without the sponsored funds to cover the expense, we are slowed to a crawl.
If you have followed the Honor and Remember journey, you know we are continuously promoting awareness of the mission on a national scale through media outreach, partnering with like minded organizations, visibility at major sporting events, aligning with veteran’s groups and meeting with corporate representatives. It is always my hope that this effort brings the awareness necessary to build support for a visual reminder across this nation that acknowledges the sacrifice of our fallen and their families.
Although the message is being communicated broadly, there is still tremendous need and we can’t accomplish the goal of delivering a personalized Honor and Remember Flag to every family without your help physically or financially.
While nearly 2000 personalized flags have been presented in the last six years, we currently have a list of over 1200 families who have specifically requested a flag. Reaching all of those who are waiting and the thousands of other families that have not yet requested a flag cannot be accomplished without more help.
The number of requests is increasing daily, and it will take all of us to reach every family from many generations. We have presented to families honoring loved ones whose deaths in service to America date as far back as World War II, Korea and Vietnam. There are nearly 7000 casualties in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, not to mention those untold numbers that have lost their lives through service-related incidents.
Here’s how you can help. Sponsor a single flag yourself or organize a group from your family, office, church, organization or school that will provide the funds needed to sponsor one or more personalized flags. Individuals or groups who wish to present a personalized flag to a particular Gold Star Family can organize a ceremony and do so.
Giving thanks and appreciation for the sacrifice someone has made for your freedom is an amazing and moving experience. I’ve done it hundreds of times and each one is unique. The Honor and Remember Flag provides a tangible and meaningful tribute that YOU can give that makes a difference in a family’s healing.
Your financial gift, no matter how small or large, can contribute to helping us respond to every request. Some families have been waiting for more than two years. Recently I received this letter from a family who had filled out a request and with their permission I share it unedited with you:
Thank you so much for the wonderful service you are doing in getting the public’s attention in lieu of our service men and women who’ve sacrificed their lives to keep our country free and understanding the price paid for that freedom! I would like to share with you that I am taking care of my widowed elderly Mom after losing her husband to his mind first and then death second. I would have made the request in lieu of her for a flag but felt that it would honor her more for my brother to receive it. He has a huge hole in his soul since the loss of our Dad and has stated that he cherished his father as his best friend more so than any one of his peers and they were very very close! I believe this would further his healing in his own grief process that I don’t think he is coping with very well, but cannot verify this by him, being that he is not very forthcoming with his emotional side. This would bless my Mom more, to see my brother have something to memorialize his father than anything that could be done for her. We, my sister and I, were also very close to our Dad and miss his presence in our lives dearly, but we have been dealing with our grief progressively and have each other to lean on, whereas my brother looked to our Dad for that kind of support. I see that there is a very long wait time and really, there is no hurry considering there are so many soldiers who have sacrificed their lives and have families that miss them just the same, but I felt the need to at least explain the situation with our mother. Thank you again for what you are doing with such a wonderful way to memorialize someone lost to war!” Sincerely and God Bless, Gold Star Sister
I want to thank those who are already out there supporting the mission, including our state chapters, many veterans groups, corporations and individuals who collectively sponsored nearly 400 flags last year. Those who are helping believe that our mission perfectly expresses their gratitude.
I have spoken to many veteran and active duty men and women who have deployed and returned home either safe or scarred but left friends and team members behind on the battlefield. They have each individually searched their own hearts for something to say or do to reach out to the families of their fallen comrades. Over the years, I have watched as personalized flags have expressed that silent emotion of the gratitude that comrades in arms want to express to a Gold Star Family. It’s a silent symbol that speaks louder than thunder.
For example, not long ago a soldier who was severely wounded by a suicide bomber fought for two years to recuperate as the only survivor of four. He struggled internally to think of what he could say to the families of his fallen comrades. After three years of physical and emotional struggle, he finally met the three mothers of his fallen friends together at a special ceremony and gave each a personalized flag as a gift of appreciation to honor the men who died at his side. This is one account of many intensely moving moments.
Whether you are a military veteran, a member of a church, business or organization, or simply a patriot who wants to say thank you, you can help us to make a difference. There are so many reasons why this is the right thing to do and in this short newsletter I cannot adequately articulate the emotional impact this opportunity has opened for the hundreds of those that have already reached out.
Please follow one of the links below and donate a portion or all of a personalized Honor and Remember Flag for a waiting family. This is an ongoing need with tens of thousands of families yet to be reached, but it happens one at a time.
Here are several ways to get involved:
1. A one-time gift. or Text the word FAMILY to 91999
2. A recurring monthly gift.
3. One full sponsorship.
4. Multiple sponsorships.
5. Corporate sponsorship.
6. Volunteer to make a presentation
You may have been watching this organization grow from a distance, advancing in its mission and making incredible strides. The demand for flags is growing larger than we can keep up with. Now is the time to partner with us to touch the lives of specific families and remember their loved ones who have sacrificed all for our freedom. You can make a difference in the success of our mission and all that it means to so many. Search your heart as to the best way you can get involved, but please do something.
Thank you for your continued support and God bless you.
George Lutz, Founder
Gold Star Father
P.S. Any Gold Star Family may be placed on the waiting list by filling out the request form on our site. www.honorandremember.org/the-flag/flag-presentation/