Virginia Beach, VA – On September 1st, 2009, Wes Latchford, Commander of Virginia Beach Post 110, The American Legion, presented Joe Brady, Commander of Post 392, Veterans of Foreign Wars, with an Honor and Remember Flag in appreciation for VFW Post 392’s allowing Post 110 to utilize its facilities for its monthly meetings and programs.
On December 29, 2005, Corporal George Anthony “Tony” Lutz II, U.S. Marine Corps, was killed by a sniper’s bullet while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. His father, George, a resident of Chesapeake, Virginia, began a quest to establish a universally recognized symbol that specifically acknowledges the American service men and women who never made it home. Thus the Honor and Remember Flag – a National Campaign of Remembrance – was conceived.
Along with the Honor and Remember Flag, VFW Post 392 was presented with a certificate of appreciation from Post 110 recognizing both Posts’ on-going partnership in mutual helpfulness, a strong national security, taking care of veterans, mentoring youth, and promoting patriotism and honor.
House Resolution 1034, introduced by Congressman Randy Forbes, (VA-4th) seeks to amend Title 36, United States Code, to designate the Honor and Remember Flag as an official symbol to recognize and honor members of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty. This is the same process by which The National League of Families POW/MIA Flag was designated as the symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing, and unaccounted for.
In March 2009, a resolution for endorsement began its way through the official channels of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The Department of Virginia is also working towards adopting a resolution endorsing recognition of the Honor and Remember Flag by The American Legion.