Honor and Remember tour kicks off from Va. Beach

By Kathy Adams
The Virginian-Pilot

© June 6, 2010
VIRGINIA BEACH

George Lutz, the father of an Army soldier killed in Iraq, kicked off his Honor and Remember Across America tour from Regent University on Saturday morning.

His goal is to travel 49 states, encouraging residents and legislators to support national adoption of the Honor and Remember flag, which he created to recognize Americans killed in military service.

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, a Chesapeake Republican, has sponsored a bill designating the flag a national symbol. He was the kickoff’s keynote speaker, according to a news release.

Lutz plans to travel north from Virginia Beach, then across the northern part of the country, south through California and then through the southern half of the country, according to the Honor and Remember website. The tour will stop at state capitals and meet with families who have lost loved ones in military service.

Lutz hopes to end his 22,000-mile trip at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, according to the website.