“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
“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.”
excerpt from the Honor and Remember Origins page
Both my husband and I are were honored to know Tony Lutz and his family. Please take a moment to visit the Honor and Remember website and sign the petition to establish this flag as a national emblem to remind of everyone of the daily sacrifice made by the members of the military and the lives lost.
Today I honor and remember all who have served in the military and all who have given their lives for this country. Thank you. Thank you to all the family members and loved ones who supported them and sacrificed as well. I appreciate you. From our military family to yours.
God Bless America.