Each Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who have served in the military in defense of our country and much-taken-for-granted freedoms. Unfortunately, most of us forget the meaning of the day in the midst of enjoying hamburgers, beer and potato salad. Why just one day to honor those who have fought and died, as well as the families and friends of the fallen?
There is one organization whose mission it as been, since 2008, to honor and remember our fallen service members and recognize the enduring sacrifice of every family: HonorAndRemember.org It is spearheaded by George Lutz in the wake of the loss of his first born son, Cpl George A. Lutz II, who was killed by a sniper’s bullet while he was on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. Read the founder’s story.
One of the many ways Mr. Lutz set out to accomplish his mission was to create the Honor and Remember Flag, which is a Visible Public Reminder to all Americans of the Lives Given to Preserve Freedom; and a National Symbol of Appreciation Recognizing the Sacrifice of Generations of Fallen Hero Families. The flag has been adopted as the official symbol in 26 states with pending House and Senate legislation to make it the official national symbol.
Each year since the first run across America in 2008, runners from around the world have participated in this organization’s Run for the Fallen. Over 50,000 participants and over 200,000 miles have been collectively run in remembrance of our fallen heroes.
In addition, the organization also provides and presents personalized flags to Gold Star Families across the nation as a perpetual acknowledgement to honor and remember the sacrifice of their respective loved one and service member.