Day 2 – Delaware/Maryland

June 8, 2010

Yesterday we found out that the state of Delaware had endorsed by resolution HR 1034 on March 24th. it was our mission to visit the DE state capitol and locate the sponsors of their bill HCR27, thanking them. On our way we stopped by the governors office in hopes we could speak with one of his staff, which we did, leaving our packet behind.

We went immediately over to Legislature hall where we met with Rep Bill Oberle and Sen Bushweller thanking them for sponsorship. We also were able to speak with Rep Dan Short and Sen Bunting. Our goal is state adoption of the flag and I was encouraged that legislation will be drawn up to that effect this month. We will check back.  Everyone was extremely enthusiastic and helpful.

Following this visit we headed to Harford County where County Executive David Craig participated with me at his office in a personalized flag presentation to Bob and Carol Roddy in memory of their son PO2 David Roddy ~ 16 Sept 2006 ~ Iraq and also Edith Canapp in tribute to her son Cpl Gary Edward Canapp ~ 8 May 1968 ~ Vietnam. family was also in attendance as well as Col Orlando Ortiz and CSM Rodney Rhoades from Aberdeen Proving Ground.

After a short rest we proceeded to an amazing picnic in Lisbon MD. This incredible feast was organized and prepared by Susan Booth and Howard Lasky of the Town Grill. All of the food was donated and the community was invited to hear the message of Honor and Remember. It was a tremendous outpouring of support and over $1,000 was collected to help us on our trip. I was humbled and touched by the caring spirit of these wonderful people. The Lisbon VFD also made a donation to us in Joey’s name for $500! Delegate Warren Miller was in attendance and pledged to move legislation through the MD House.

While there I was able to present flags to Mr and Mrs Davis in memory of their son Sgt David J. ‘Joey’ Davis ~ 17 Sept 2006 ~ Iraq, and to Susan Booth in tribute to her husband, Sgt Arlie Spencer, Jr ~ May 15, 1970 ~ Vietnam.

This is not about a piece of cloth but the touching of precious lives that have lost more than we could ever repay. God bless you Lisbon. Did I tell you the ribs were amazing?

Tomorrow: Annapolis tour and visit with gold star families along with state lawmakers. Then off to NJ.

Blessings, George

Day 1 – Delaware

June 7, 2010

Today began at 4:30 am in Chesapeake. It was the start of our historic and monumental journey. By 6am Alex Rohr and I were headed to Dover Air Force Base for an 11am meeting with the wing commander and his Vice commander. When we arrived we were greeting by air force personnel and escorted to the mortuary affairs facility where families await the process of DT Dignified transfer.

I must say that this is one outstanding building, it is furnished and outfitted with much care as the fragile and emotional state of the families is respectfully considered.  I was able to share the Honor and Remember vision with humbled reverence. In 2005 when Tony was brought through Dover it was not an open venue families were able to meet their loved ones. Since it has now been opened many families have been able to be a part of this most important homecoming.

I consider it an extreme honor to be able to have been embraced by the leadership at DAFB and to begin our journey in this most hallowed place.

FOLLOWING our base visit I was privileged to be able to present two personalized flags in an intimate setting inside the Kent county Levy court building.  Today we honored Carol James and her family in tribute to her son LCpl Richard James and Judy Campbell in honor of her brother killed in Vietnam SP4 Keith Campbell. many thanks to all who participated to make this a meaningful time for these precious families.

Special note: Today I found out quite by accident that the State of Delaware on March 24th had already passed resolution HCR 27 endorsing the Honor and Remember Flag as a national symbol!

Tomorrow: State capitol visit in the morning and headed to MD.

Blessings, George

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.

Honor and remember across America

By: Melanie Woodrow Wavy.com


NOROLK, Va. (WAVY.com) – While veterans everywhere marched in parades, George Lutz was on a parade of his own.

The father of fallen soldier George Anthony Lutz II, George Lutz hit 15 Chick-fil-A restaurants across Hampton Roads Memorial Day Monday to say thank you.

“This is the first time that a business like this has really stepped up and wanted to make a difference,” said Lutz.

“We decided as a group of operators this year to unite behind this campaign for George and to honor those who have fallen in our country,” said Chick-fil-A owner Gary Itnyre.

Chick-Fil-A owners donated five percent of Memorial Day sales to Lutz’s organization.

The money in part goes to educating people across America about the Honor and Remember Flag. The flag is a tribute to any fallen service member.

“To have a flag to have a symbol flying every day that recognizes the price of freedom is an unbelievable tribute to those men and women,” said Lutz.

In March, the Virginia General Assembly voted to adopt the flag as a state symbol.

One week from Memorial Day Monday, Lutz will embark on a cross country journey.

“It’ll be a deployment if you will for five months, 17,000 miles, culminating in Arlington Cemetery, November 11 on Veteran’s Day,” said Lutz.

The goal is that every other state in the nation will also adopt the flag.

Lutz says he never imagined he would receive so much support.

“Being able to take my son’s death and convert that into such a positive way of reaching out to hundreds of thousands of families that have experienced that same loss is such an important thing,” he said.

Now that he has, he is ready for the next leg of his journey.

The Journey Begins

With so much momentum in place and more progress ahead, we must focus on broadening awareness. That is why we will soon be taking the message to every state and launching “Honor and Remember Across America.”

The trip will focus on taking the Honor and Remember message to 49 states with the hope that each state legislature will join Virginia’s in officially adopting the flag. We will be giving presentations at various venues where we have been invited to speak, including houses of worship, veterans groups and community organizations. And most importantly, we will look forward to meeting many Gold Star families around the U.S. Our goals are to spread the word about the Honor and Remember Flag everywhere possible, to see the flag flying across America and to touch the lives of many families who have lost so much.

Our plan is to leave Virginia the first week of June and spend 23 weeks traveling a route from one state capital to another, heading north to Maine, then west across the upper half of the United States, reaching Sacramento by early September. Then we will head south through California and then east across the lower half of the U.S., arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010 — A total of 22,000 miles round-trip.

I need your help to successfully accomplish this entire mission. Please review the posted itinerary (Click Here) and look over the dates and places I am planning to visit. This cannot be achieved without significant resources, coordination and support. Please consider helping us in this effort, individually or corporately. Here are our areas of need.

Host us in your city and:

  • Help to secure appointments with state and local officials;
  • Join me at your state capital;
  • Arrange meetings with veterans groups or local organizations;
  • Help initiate and plan personalized flag presentations;
  • Arrange opportunities to share in your place of worship or at community meetings
  • Join me on a portion of the road trip.

Our physical needs include:

    Use of a Class A recreational vehicle;

  • Cost of gas, tolls, maintenance, insurance, etc.;
  • Food;
  • Lodging;
  • Flag sponsorship – personalized and state flags;
  • Airline tickets;
  • Volunteer staff & Drivers.

If you can help in any way possible or if you have suggestions for areas I have left out, please write to
me at contact@honorandremember.org

Thank you for the continued support.

George Lutz

Honor and Remember Dispatch – June 2010, Vol 3 Issue 5

  Founder’s Message  – The Journey Continues

Hello from Cleveland, Ohio! Exciting things are happening with the Honor and Remember Across America campaign. This is the first dispatch from the road that I’ve been able to put together, but there will be weekly updates from here until I return home in November.

Where to start! How about with our terrific welcome in Cleveland? I am on my way to the Cleveland Indians baseball stadium for Honor and Remember Night with a motorcycle escort courtesy of Rolling Thunder. This is just one of dozens of special moments that I’ve had in the first 30 days of our national effort to raise awareness about the Honor and Remember Flag.

This update will be a little longer than the ones to follow so that I can catch you up on all of the exciting news so far.

As you may know, Honor and Remember Across America is a five-month journey across the USA that will take us to every state capital. Our goal is to meet with local, state and federal political leaders in order ask for their endorsement for both state and federal recognition of the Honor and Remember Flag. At each stop my hope is to spend time with Gold Star families and share the vision of what we are doing as well as share stories of our loved ones. The most important moments are the presentation to many families with personalized flags.

On June 7, we set out on the first leg of our journey, which took us to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where we were met by the base commander, vice commander and chief of family support. The Dover facility is where our fallen heroes first come when they return to the USA. What an amazing place this is to welcome our heroes home! We had the privilege of presenting flags to the families of LCpl Richard James and SP4 Keith Campbell. Lots of tears of gratitude for the recognition of the sacrifice of these two Americans.

June 8 saw us head out of Delaware’s capital after a successful meeting with state legislators. Our destination: Bel Air, Maryland, where we presented two more flags to Gold Star families. The next day, we visited the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where we had a great tour and fabulous lunch with several Gold Star families.

Next stop: New Jersey. Another flag presentation, this time for a family of a Vietnam War casualty. After leaving Trenton, we headed to New York City, where I appeared on the FOX News Strategy Room broadcast.

June 12 – Onward to Connecticut to attend a fallen heroes memorial celebration with many Gold Star families in attendance, including the widow of a Vietnam soldier.

On June 14, we met with our first governor (other than Bob McDonnell in our home state of Virginia). Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri signed our Pledge of Support, a document we are taking from state to state, asking lawmakers at every level of government to promise their support for recognizing the Honor and Remember Flag at the state and national levels.

June 15 we were in Boston, Massachusetts for a flag presentation  within the halls of the state capital. Many legislators and Gold Star families in attendance.

Augusta, Maine was our next stop for a flag presentation for another Vietnam God Star mother. On June 18, we had a great meeting with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.

June 21. Albany, New York. Met with two New York state senators and had a great interview on ABC Channel 10 News. We visited Syracuse and Rochester, which included a Patriot Guard escort to a Rochester Redwings game, where a special ceremony was held.

June 24 was a travel day to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. All along the way we have had the opportunity to stay with wonderful families and visit great churches. Governor Ed Rendell promised that the HR Flag will be flying in PA. On our way to the Pennsylvania’s Heroes Walk outside Pittsburgh we passed the 3,000-mile mark after 18 days on the road.

Charleston, West Virginia was our next stopover. We met with Governor Joe Manchin III and held a ceremony for several Gold Star families. Then it was on to Cincinnati, Ohio, where we discovered that the Honor and Remember RV needed some brakes. God must have had his hand on us as we cross the mountains in West Virginia.

Today, July 2, we had a great press conference at the Ohio state house in Columbus. Two more flag presentations. On our way to the Cleveland Indians game.

As you can see, it’s been an eventful month.

Monday we head for Traverse City, Michigan, where we will spend a few days before we head out for Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please check the Honor and Remember web site www.honorandremember.org for the Honor and Remember Across America itinerary. There are many expenses on our journey, one of the largest being gas. Please consider helping us financially or providing any other assistance as we come to your hometown. Contact us at the web site and let us know if you would like to be involved with any of the planned events in your state. Thank you for the continued prayers and encouragement.

God Bless
George
Sign the Petition ~ Share the Vision ~ Fly the Flag

Founder’s Message  – The Journey Continues
Hello from Cleveland, Ohio! Exciting things are happening with the Honor and Remember Across America campaign. This is the first dispatch from the road that I’ve been able to put together, but there will be weekly updates from here until I return home in November.

Where to start! How about with our terrific welcome in Cleveland? I am on my way to the Cleveland Indians baseball stadium for Honor and Remember Night with a motorcycle escort courtesy of Rolling Thunder. This is just one of dozens of special moments that I’ve had in the first 30 days of our national effort to raise awareness about the Honor and Remember Flag.

This update will be a little longer than the ones to follow so that I can catch you up on all of the exciting news so far.

As you may know, Honor and Remember Across America is a five-month journey across the USA that will take us to every state capital. Our goal is to meet with local, state and federal political leaders in order ask for their endorsement for both state and federal recognition of the Honor and Remember Flag. At each stop my hope is to spend time with Gold Star families and share the vision of what we are doing as well as share stories of our loved ones. The most important moments are the presentation to many families with personalized flags.

On June 7, we set out on the first leg of our journey, which took us to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where we were met by the base commander, vice commander and chief of family support. The Dover facility is where our fallen heroes first come when they return to the USA. What an amazing place this is to welcome our heroes home! We had the privilege of presenting flags to the families of LCpl Richard James and SP4 Keith Campbell. Lots of tears of gratitude for the recognition of the sacrifice of these two Americans.

June 8 saw us head out of Delaware’s capital after a successful meeting with state legislators. Our destination: Bel Air, Maryland, where we presented two more flags to Gold Star families. The next day, we visited the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where we had a great tour and fabulous lunch with several Gold Star families.

Next stop: New Jersey. Another flag presentation, this time for a family of a Vietnam War casualty. After leaving Trenton, we headed to New York City, where I appeared on the FOX News Strategy Room broadcast.

June 12 – Onward to Connecticut to attend a fallen heroes memorial celebration with many Gold Star families in attendance, including the widow of a Vietnam soldier.

On June 14, we met with our first governor (other than Bob McDonnell in our home state of Virginia). Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri signed our Pledge of Support, a document we are taking from state to state, asking lawmakers at every level of government to promise their support for recognizing the Honor and Remember Flag at the state and national levels.

June 15 we were in Boston, Massachusetts for a flag presentation  within the halls of the state capital. Many legislators and Gold Star families in attendance.

Augusta, Maine was our next stop for a flag presentation for another Vietnam God Star mother. On June 18, we had a great meeting with Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.

June 21. Albany, New York. Met with two New York state senators and had a great interview on ABC Channel 10 News. We visited Syracuse and Rochester, which included a Patriot Guard escort to a Rochester Redwings game, where a special ceremony was held.

June 24 was a travel day to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. All along the way we have had the opportunity to stay with wonderful families and visit great churches. Governor Ed Rendell promised that the HR Flag will be flying in PA. On our way to the Pennsylvania’s Heroes Walk outside Pittsburgh we passed the 3,000-mile mark after 18 days on the road.

Charleston, West Virginia was our next stopover. We met with Governor Joe Manchin III and held a ceremony for several Gold Star families. Then it was on to Cincinnati, Ohio, where we discovered that the Honor and Remember RV needed some brakes. God must have had his hand on us as we cross the mountains in West Virginia.

Today, July 2, we had a great press conference at the Ohio state house in Columbus. Two more flag presentations. On our way to the Cleveland Indians game. As you can see, it’s been an eventful month. Monday we head for Traverse City, Michigan, where we will spend a few days before we head out for Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please check the Honor and Remember web site www.honorandremember.org for the Honor and Remember Across America itinerary. There are many expenses on our journey, one of the largest being gas. Please consider helping us financially or providing any other assistance as we come to your hometown. Contact us at the web site and let us know if you would like to be involved with any of the planned events in your state. Thank you for the continued prayers and encouragement.

God Bless
George
Sign the Petition ~ Share the Vision ~ Fly the Flag

Honor and Remember Across America

With so much momentum in place and more progress ahead, we must focus on broadening awareness. That is why we will soon be taking the message to every state and launching “Honor and Remember Across America.”

The trip will focus on taking the Honor and Remember message to 49 states with the hope that each state legislature will join Virginia’s in officially adopting the flag. We will be giving presentations at various venues where we have been invited to speak, including houses of worship, veterans groups and community organizations. And most importantly, we will look forward to meeting many Gold Star families around the U.S. Our goals are to spread the word about the Honor and Remember Flag everywhere possible, to see the flag flying across America and to touch the lives of many families who have lost so much.

Our plan is to leave Virginia the first week of June and spend 23 weeks traveling a route from one state capital to another, heading north to Maine, then west across the upper half of the United States, reaching Sacramento by early September. Then we will head south through California and then east across the lower half of the U.S., arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010 — A total of 22,000 miles round-trip.

I need your help to successfully accomplish this entire mission. Please review the posted itinerary (Click Here) and look over the dates and places I am planning to visit. This cannot be achieved without significant resources, coordination and support. Please consider helping us in this effort, individually or corporately. Here are our areas of need.

Host us in your city and:

  • Help to secure appointments with state and local officials;
  • Join me at your state capital;
  • Arrange meetings with veterans groups or local organizations;
  • Help initiate and plan personalized flag presentations;
  • Arrange opportunities to share in your place of worship or at community meetings
  • Join me on a portion of the road trip.

Our physical needs include:

  • Cost of gas, tolls, maintenance, insurance, etc.;
  • Food;
  • Lodging;
  • Flag sponsorship – personalized and state flags;
  • Airline tickets;
  • Volunteer staff & Drivers.

If you can help in any way possible or if you have suggestions for areas I have left out, please write to me at contact@honorandremember.org

Thank you for the continued support.

NATIONAL FLAG MOVEMENT MARKS SECOND ANNIVERSARY WITH CROSS COUNTRY CAMPAIGN

NEWS RELEASE – May 17, 2010

Honor and Remember Founder Will Visit 50 State Capitals in Five Months

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia – Honor and Remember, Inc., an organization founded on Memorial Day 2008 to promote a new national symbol honoring all those who died in military service to America, will visit 50 state capitals on a mission to gain national awareness for the Honor and Remember Flag and to present families of the fallen in each state with personalized flags.

“Honor and Remember Across America” will take founder George Lutz from Virginia Beach, Virginia, in a special RV on a circuitous route across the country to promote the passage of U.S. House of Representatives bill HR 1034, which authorizes the Honor and Remember Flag to be made a national symbol. Stopping at each state capital, Lutz will meet with local, state and federal political leaders seeking their endorsement for both state and federal recognition of the flag. At each stop he will also spend time with families who have lost a loved one in military service and as funds allow present many with a flag emblazoned with the name, date of death and place of death of their family member.

“America needs a tangible symbol that specifically honors the sacrifice of men and women in the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives for their country,” said Lutz.  “The Honor and Remember Flag was created to fly at federal, state and municipal buildings, schools, businesses and homes as a continuous reminder of the price our nation has paid over two centuries for the freedoms we cherish as Americans.”

On Saturday, June 5th there will be a short ceremony initiating the campaign.  Two days later, the Honor and Remember RV will set out on the first leg of a 23-week journey by heading north to Dover, Delaware, where the bodies of fallen military service members enter the country. Then after a stop at the United States Navel Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the campaign will travel through the remaining Mid-Atlantic states and New England prior to heading west.

The “Honor and Remember Across America” itinerary includes a stop in Los Angeles on September 11, where a special rally will be held, featuring various celebrities including television and radio personality Dennis Miller and actress Bo Derek. The journey will culminate on Veterans Day, November 11, at Arlington National Cemetery for a final ceremony.

During his journey, Lutz will spend time sharing the vision of the Honor and the Remember Flag with Americans everywhere. His desire is to encourage them to support the effort to have the flag adopted as a national symbol by writing to their elected officials and encouraging them to support the flag initiative.

“This is a grassroots campaign to establish a new emblem with which every American can say, ‘I am grateful for and I will never forget what so many families have lost to preserve our nation,'” said Lutz. “Where the Honor and Remember Flag flies beneath the American flag, it reminds us all that freedom is never free.”

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.

During the last two years, personalized Honor and Remember Flags have been presented to nearly two hundred families. Each personalized flag contains the name, date of death and place 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, Lutz was honored to present flags to family members of the 17 sailors killed in the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, who gathered for a special ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk on October 12, 2008. On July 4, 2009, Lutz presented personalized Honor and Remember Flags to the family members of the marines killed in the Battle for Fallujah in 2004, who gathered for a special remembrance ceremony in Arlington, Virginia.Understandably, each individual presentation is an emotional and meaningful moment. In addition to the families of service members who have fallen in recent conflicts, Lutz has presented flags to family members of loved ones killed in World War II and Vietnam.

The Honor and Remember Flag has been endorsed by the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., The Gold Star Wives of America, The Blue Star Mothers, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Associations of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, among many other organizations. The flag has already been adopted as an official state symbol of remembrance by Virginia and Oklahoma; legislation to adopt the flag has been written in nine other states.