NEWS RELEASE - FIRST ANNIVERSARY

Honor and Remember Inc.
CONTACT: George Lutz
Phone: 757-504-4722
Fax: 757-204-4726
Email: contact@honorandremember.org

NATIONAL MOVEMENT MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY ON MEMORIAL DAY

Honor and Remember Flag Campaign Reached Major Milestones During the Previous 12 Months

CHESAPEAKE, Virginia - Honor and Remember, Inc., an organization founded in 2008 to promote a new national flag honoring individuals who died in military service to America, has achieved many accomplishments during its first 12 months of operations. Numerous Honor and Remember Flag presentations, the introduction of a bill in the U.S. Congress and national endorsements from several veterans groups are among the organization's successes.

Personalized Honor and Remember Flags have been presented to dozens of families since May 2008. Each personalized flag contains the name, unit and date of death of the service member. The flags are presented to the mother of the fallen service member or another designated family member. Along with many private presentations, Honor and Remember founder George Lutz was honored to present flags to family members of the 17 sailors killed in the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen on October 12, 2000, who gathered for a special ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes has introduced HR 1034, a bill to endorse the Honor and Remember Flag as a national symbol. In the more than 200-year history of the United States of America, there has never been an official national symbol that recognizes in gratitude and respect the ultimate sacrifice made by more than 1.6 million members of the United States military in service to our nation.

The Honor and Remember Flag has been endorsed by the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Air Force Security Forces Association and the Naval Reserve Association. The flag has been officially adopted by the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Pennsylvania state legislature is currently considering adopting the flag.

The Honor and Remember Flag was unveiled at a ceremony on Monday, May 26, 2008, at the MacArthur Memorial Museum in downtown Norfolk, Virginia. "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," said George Lutz, founder and director of Honor and Remember, Inc. "The flag honors all military lives lost from our nation's inception, not only in action but also in service."

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. Honor and Remember, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.


"Mr. Lutz goes to Washington"

Feb - March 2011
Goal: Meetings with all 535 elected officials. U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate.

Please contact your Representatives and help us arrange meetings in DC.

This will be the year for Honor and Remember federal adoption!


8/04/10
North Carolina Officially Adopts Honor and Remember Flag.

7/08/10
Sons of the American Revolution just concluded thier 120th National Congress in Cleveland, Ohio, and A resolution urging SAR support of the Honor and Remember Flag, proposed by the Norfolk Chapter and endorsed by the VASSAR Executive Committee, was approve unanimously by the Delegates.

6/05/2010 - Honor And Remember Across America Kicks Off!
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3/16/10

Full Senate of Oklahoma, ADOPT Honor and Remember as their official flag of remembrance.

1/21/10
Virginia House Votes 97-0

1/17/10
Dick Morris Endorsement

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