Families of Fallen Soldiers Presented With Memorial Flag

by Lauren Amstutz UpNorthLive.com TRAVERSE CITY — It was an emotional day for local gold star parents. They were presented with a Honor and Remember Flag at the VFW in Traverse City Monday. George Lutz, the founder of the flag is on a mission to make it a national symbol. He was at the ceremony and told … Read more

Day 29 – Traverse City, MI – 7/5/10

July 5, 2010 This morning after a nice IHOP breakfast with Lisa, Michael and Matt we headed on our next leg of our lengthy journey Traverse City. This is a seven hour over 300 mile trek. I had a unique and fantastic surprise because as we were driving I received a call from Mike, my … Read more

Day 28 – Cleveland, Atwater OH – 7/4/10

July 4, 2010 Woke up at the Wyndham in downtown Cleveland. The room was sponsored for us and a welcome rest after last nights game. We headed to Atwater United Methodist church where we were invited to speak by Gold Star mother Carey Meissner. Carey received a personalized flag last year from her VFW post … Read more

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-07-04

Our surprise sidetrip, donated tickets to Hershey Park! Alex is bit more excited than myself. http://twitpic.com/20h1ie # Leaving pennsylvania and headed to Stanton VA to pick up the motorhome and on to West VA. 9 hour of driving today, Please pray # Now leaving in a new form of transportation called an rv. Thanks @davidicdesign! … Read more

Day 27 – Clinton, Cleveland 7/3/10

July 3, 2010 Special flag presentations today at the Ohio Veterans Memorial Park, Clinton, Ohio.  I was honored to speak at a wonderful ceremony amongst great patriots. During this time was privileged to present two personalized flags to three Gold Star sisters who lost their brother Cpl Richard Morgan in Vietnam in 1971 and to … Read more

New Flag To Become National Symbol Of Remembrance

By STEVE WAINFOR Published: July 02, 2010 NBC 4 COLUMBUS, Ohio — George Lutz lost his son while on patrol in Iraq in 2005. During his grieving with family and friends, Lutz realized that there was not a national symbol representing those who gave their lives for their country. So he formed a cross-country campaign called Honor … Read more

Day 26 – Columbus, OH

July 2, 2010 Today we drove 2 hours to Columbus where we had a scheduled press conference at the state house. This link will very succinctly tell the story as three networks covered the event. following the conference we had a meeting with the Ohio Dept of Veteran Services, Asst Director Mr Espich and Ms … Read more

Day 25 – Cincinatti, OH

July 1, 2010 Up early for an 830 interview today with Tony Macrini on WNIS 790am in Hampton Roads. This is a weekly interview each Thursday morning.  Following I worked on updating information on the journal and some record keeping. If I let things go too long I cant catch up easily. I did get … Read more

Day 24 – Cincinatti, OH

June 30, 2010 This morning is a catch up day and we drove the RV over to the truck shop for preventative maintenance. After a few hours we were told that the rear brakes were completely worn out. The pads and calipers needed replacing as well as real oil seals. In other words we should … Read more

Day 23 – Charleston, WVA to Cincinatti, OH

June 29, 2010 – Tuesday After a short nights sleep we awoke to a completely flat tire. I tried driving it to the gas station but their tire pump would not fit it. I walked over to Walmart tire center but they couldn’t help. We had not yet activated AAA to we were a bit … Read more

Day 22 – Harrisburg to Stauton to Charleston, West Virginia

June 28, 2010 – Monday Up early with a great breakfast from Becky. Headed to Stauton, VA where we will be picking up the motor home finally. We made a short stop in Winchester, VA to visit my sister in law and her husband, had a nice lunch and then off another 2 hours. We … Read more

Day 21 – Harrisburg, Plymouth Meeting – Pennsylvania

June 27, 2010 – Sunday Attended the Shells United Lutheran Church this morning with Crist and Janet, Ryan and Becky. I was given the time to address the congregation for a few short minutes and share the vision of our mission. This is the the third Sunday I have been able to share so far. … Read more

Day 20 – Apollo, Harrisburg – Pennsylvania

June 26, 2010 – Saturday Last night we  stayed at the crossroads motel for a restful night. Early in the morning we headed to the start of the PA Heroes Walk. This was the final 7 miles of the 342 mile walk to honor our wounded warriors and remember PAs fallen from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. … Read more

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-27

Invited to speak 2day fathers day, at albany vt meth chrch. The pastor also a gold star dad allowed me the opp to share my mission n my kids # 5:30 AM and off to Albany, NY. # In Albany, NY waiting for some press coverage. http://twitpic.com/1yru64 # Sucessful meeting with 2 NY senators along … Read more

Day 19 – Pennsylvania

June 25, 2010 Today began on the steps of the state capitol in Harrisburg, PA.  I was scheduled to meet Jack Cleary, Gold Star dad and father of Michael Killed in Iraq Dec 20, 2005. Just 9 days before my son Tony. Jack is a pillar of strength and it was truly an honor to … Read more

Day 18 – New York, Pennsylvania

June 24, 2010 Today is a catch up travel day. Several hours of correspondence on the computer and 6 hours of driving to our next destination, Harrisburg, PA. We have a wonderful place to stay in an old farmhouse here with Janet and Crist, married 52 years. We have been graciously received and warmly welcomed. … Read more

Father of fallen soldier travels to promote honor flag

JEFFREY BLACKWELL • STAFF WRITER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE.COM • JUNE 24, 2010 The father of an American soldier killed in action in 2005 while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq, is taking his cause on the road to establish an enduring symbol of sacrifice by the nation’s fallen heroes. George Lutz, of Virginia Beach, Va., is traveling to all … Read more

Group Presents Families with Flags for Fallen Soldiers

By: Scott Fairbanks | Rochester YNN A tour remembering those who died serving our country with a special flag was in Rochester to honor two fallen soldiers. “Honor and Remember” is an organization aiming to promote a new national symbol honoring all those who died in military service. The group presented its flag to two area … Read more

Day 17 – Rochester, New York

June 23, 2010 Waking up refreshed in Rochester we had a jam packed day ahead of us. The morning started off with a visit to the Army 98th Training Division. There we were able to meet the wonderful people at the community support center. It is an important mission Marianne and her team have to … Read more

Day 16 – Syracuse, New York

June 22, 2010 This morning started very relaxing and with a wonderful breakfast at the Parkers. After proper hugs goodbye we headed to Hancock Air field outside Syracuse. It was about a 2 hour ride and I was most excited because I was going to see my friend Kate. She has been a long time … Read more

Day 15 – Albany, New York

June 21, 2010 Left 5am from our incredible visit with the Grays. Four hour drive to Albany NY, where we had a scheduled meeting with Bil Kraus, exec dep director of NY veteran affairs, John Egan, commissioner and Jim Huelle, direc of government affairs. The meeting was very positive and I received the full support … Read more

Day 14 – Vermont

June 20, 2010 – Father’s day Another beautiful morning began with a wonderful Marion Vermont breakfast. After which we hopped into her solid black hummer (yes I said hummer) and headed toward Albany, VT. Didn’t know they had an Albany, VT but off we went. We were headed to Albany United Methodist church where we … Read more

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-20

On my way to Living Rock church, Saybrook CT # Drove into Providence, RI. We met the first Governor in our travels today and had him to sign our Pledge of support. # Ariving in boston for a flag presentation at the state capitol. # Left Boston with a memorable flag ceremony in the state … Read more

Day 13 – Vermont

June 19, 2010 This morning we were able to sleep in for the first time. A beautiful Vermont morning, I actually posted a picture on twitter looking outside the bedroom window. Marion made a wonderful pancake breakfast with homemade Vermont maple syrup. Now about the maple syrup, it came from the Gray’s very own trees … Read more

Day 12 – Vermont

June 18, 2010 An incredible day as I woke up with an amazing view of the Worcester range of the green  mountains of Vermont. Out my window looking west toward Camels Hump.  The Grays are hosting us here and Marion has been such a blessing in making us feel like part of the family.  She … Read more

Day 11 – Maine

June 17, 2010 Today was an early morning wake up for a 3 hour trip to Augusta Maine. We scheduled a 10 am ceremony for the Hall of Flags at the state capitol. We arrived in time to scout the state house and meet the governors staff. While there we left a packet at his … Read more

Day 10 – New Hampshire

June 16, 2010 The Petersons live on a beautiful farm in NH. Pasture land surrounds the property. The weather is gorgeous, no humidity, air clean and crisp. No wonder we slept so well. Or perhaps it was the sheer exhaustion of driving last night. I was excited about the day as we headed to the … Read more

Day 9 – Massachusetts

June 15, 2010 Lets call today a three state day. Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It began with a terrific breakfast with Sharon Serio in Rhode Island, we then headed to Boston for an afternoon ceremony at the state house. Debra Booth arranged an amazing event held right inside the capitol under the incredible … Read more

Day 8 – Rhode Island

June 14, 2010 Today is a very special day for many reasons. It is Flag day and the day we honor our American flag and all it means to us as Americans, its the 235th birthday of the US Army, recognizing this great institution and the amazing history of what this branch of our military … Read more

Day 7 – Connecticut

June 13, 2010 Today is a day for worship and thanksgiving. This week has been amazing with opportunities to share continuously. As you can imagine, from reading my itinerary and this weeks posts, the trip is physically demanding and emotionally straining. Each day I share my story with all in attendance but also share the … Read more