Across the nation men and women who have died in military service to America will be the subject of a month of solemn ceremonies, special events and public recognition that will begin with the first annual “Virginia Run for the Fallen,” a four-day, 236-mile tribute run from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to Arlington National Cemetery.
“The time has come to do more than set one day a year aside to pay tribute to the men and women of our armed services who have given their lives for America and to recognize the life-changing loss experienced by their families,” said George Lutz, founder of Honor and Remember, an organization dedicated to the establishment of a national symbol of remembrance and to presenting this special tribute to every family that has lost a loved one in military service. “Memorial Day is an important holiday,” said Lutz, “but I believe Gold Star Families, (families of the fallen) deserve more than a day that has become for many just an extra day off from work for shopping and having a barbecue.” A recent survey indicated that eighty percent of Americans do not know why Memorial Day exists. This is a travesty in a country that owes its existence to the price paid by so many.
In addition to the Virginia Run for the Fallen, which will take place from May 2 to May 5 (see separate news release), America’s Honor and Remember Month, Honor your Hometown Hero, will place a special emphasis on recognizing all generations of fallen military heroes by encouraging the families, friends and comrades of the fallen, across the country to contact their local media outlets and submit information about their loved one with the hope that the media will do something each day of the month to recognize the sacrifice of that individual life. Likewise, businesses, schools and organizations will be encouraged to create a display containing photos and information about fallen heroes from their town or neighborhood.
“I’d like to see every business, civic group, media outlet and neighborhood do something special every day of the month to pay tribute to the men and women who gave all in defense of the freedoms we enjoy as Americans,” said Lutz. “This is a real opportunity for everyone to make a tangible statement about the cost of liberty, it is our hope that with daily attention in a positive way we will be able to once again call attention to the reason Memorial Day was established.” Pass the word!
As May approaches began to plan ahead and come up with your own creative ways to remember our fallen and their families in your community and State. If you need ideas write to me, if you need names of recent heroes from your state try this website. icasualties.org We continue our national effort to bring public awareness of and appreciation to the sacrifices of all generations of these selfless men and women and their families. Here are additional ways you can help.
1. Sign the Petition and be sure to encourage your family, friends and coworkers to do the same;
2. Fly the Flag – show your appreciation for our fallen and their families by displaying Honor and Remember as a way to say thank you. Remember to replace faded or worn out flags.
3. Support the Cause – Please consider helping us in our ongoing effort to publicly recognize the sacrifice of our military fallen heroes and their families. Consider a one-time or monthly donation.
Thank you for continuing to support this national symbol of remembrance. Let’s get this flag flying everywhere!
We need to continue reaching out to the thousands of families who are awaiting a personalized Honor and Remember Flag. Please consider how you can help financially or by helping us to identify families and sponsors. You can make your contribution online at our secure web site: www.honorandremember.org/donation/
Here’s another important way You Can Help! If you are in the military or a federal employee please put a note on your fall calendar to designate Honor and Remember Inc, Combined Federal Campaign #92995 and pass the word!
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