I am an author. During research for my first book, I came across information for Honor and Remember. Since I am also a military/veteran's advocate (as well as a Vet, myself) I thought about this organization's mission on a very deep level. I was selected to be a guest speaker at a little school's Veteran's Day assembly on the Arkansas Delta. I endeavored to challenge this school in a :Collecting Coins" campaign to sponsor a flag for a Gold Star family. The community responded tremendously and within the space of a year, this school collected funds for two flags; one of which is on display at the school in a case in the main hallway. The community helped this school present it's first flag to a local family who had recently lost their son to the war in Afghanistan. Since that first flag, the school has presented Honor and Remember flags to two more families and anticipates this action to be an annual event. They have a wonderful Veteran's Day ceremony every year which is highly attended by everybody in the community. This little town on the Delta shows it cares about its veterans and I am proud to have been the one to introduce Honor and Remember to the school. Everybody helped make the flag donations happen, and they can be proud to feel a part of something so big.
Amazing organization that honors not just our fallen heroes, but the Gold Star families as well. Helping keep the memory alive of their loved ones is such a gift and this group does just that!!!
I went down and ran with this group. One of the coolest experiences of my life. No kidding!
Where do I begin? That I had the opportunity to run with gold star families or run with an incredible, brave, hardworking and dedicated super amazing people. I’m still looking for words to describe this amazing historical run for our fallen heroes. Those heroes are my brothers and sisters, I call them my family. It was such a great honor to run as a volunteer. At some point I felt like doing more. The consistency, motivation, drive, composure, eagerness , braveness and commitment I saw from the organizations made my jaw drop. These people went above and beyond to make this happen. And it went as far as being the best thing to ever bring honor to our fallen heroes. I still can’t find the right words to describe my experience. I will always be a part of this mission and will always give them my ultimate support. God bless America and also bless the families of our fallen heroes.
I hopped on board about 4 to 6 weeks before the core team of Run for the Fallen hit Georgia. I was hesitant at first and was trying to find someone to be the captain for our beautiful state. No one stepped up so I did, with the saying "I'll try". The VFW, with the state Commander Charles Tony Dobbins , Alisha Gosdin and SMSgt Carrie Schmitzer were the core group. Candice King, a Gold Star mother, Joined us later and together we worked hard to ensure the core group of Run for the Fallen was taken care of to the best of our abilities.
As an Army brat, Marine wife and Gold Star Marine mom, I wanted to help spread the word about this Run, honoring our Fallen Warriors. I have stood at the graveside with the PGR, I have attended services for our Fallen and consoled my new family, one which none of us asked to be in.
This Run is important in raising awareness of those of us left behind while our loved one has crossed over. We must go on, we must remember, we must never forget the sacrifices our Fallen Warriors have made to ensure our safety and that of future generations. I thought my grieving was over, or at least subdued, but this event has shown me there are so many families out there suffering silently, just as I have been doing over 13 years now. I am not alone! Raising awareness, spreading the word that our loved ones are not forgotten. Talking with the crew and being a part of this has helped me become even more aware of the pain and suffering of my "family" but also shown me there are people who wish to honor the lives of our loved ones. I am honored to be a part of this Historical event and I know there are people out there, just like me, who anxiously await to see their loved one honored and remembered.
Say their names, never forget and our loved ones will live on.
Catherine Morales Krattli
Gold Star mother
Cpl. William G. Taylor, USMC
I love this organization! They truly care about all the Gold Star families and the Fallen. Since I first became aware of them I have flown their flag. My daughter’s late fiancé was honored by the Run for the Fallen. I am privileged to help out in a small way by sharing and by getting in touch with TV and radio stations. I am hoping to have a flag made for Luke’s family and possibly one for us which we will cherish.
I was able to be in Winimac, IN when America’s Run for the Fallen passed through and also attended their closing ceremony on June 21st. This group running across America and honoring our fallen military men and women is simply incredible! Leaving their homes and families, running in intense heat and rain so our fallen heroes will not be forgotten!
My experience with Honor and Remember has been through the Run For The Fallen. During this time the H&R has honored fallen service members and their families with great respect. It has been both heartwarming and heartbreaking hearing the names and meeting the families. It is a beautiful organization with fantastic people! It is well organized.
Very impressed with the organization of this group. What a privilege it is to have our son honored and remembered by those that didn't even know him. They recognize the service and sacrifice of all. Blessings
I just spent the better part of a week side-by-side with the folks from Honor and Remember during America's Run for the Fallen, and I can tell you that these are the finest people on earth - collectively and individually. These folks have hearts of gold, and it shows day-in and day-out. After seeing the first ceremony at the first marker in South Carolina, I knew it was important that I be at every marker while they were in this state. So much so that I followed them into North Carolina and didn't want to say goodbye. Honor and Remember is an organization that is true to their word - they say what they do, and they do what they say. In just 7 short days, these folks have become like family to me, and it's because they put they're heart into everything they do for Gold Star Families and the loved ones who they honor.
Ran with them as they remember the Fallen. They are truly doing what they say Honor Service Members.
What an honor to work with such genuine people who are healing through helping others cope with their grief. Such an uplifting group of people. You will leave feeling blessed and have a whole different perspective of true honor.
Honor and Remember founder George Lutz made a personal appearance and spoke at our statue un-veiling for the Chris Moon Memorial. Thank you Honor and Remember for honoring the sacrifices of fallen soldiers and for helping to keep their memories alive.
This organization truly embraces and loves our Gold Star families and our fallen heroes. They make sure our heroes will never be forgotten. I’m honored and blessed to not only be a Kentucky chapter member but to volunteer with them any chance I get.
We had our own mile run in Ohio to coordinate as my son’s mile was run in Arizona by wonderful volunteers who stood for us. The teamwork of Teresa Koontz of Blue Star Mother’s of SW Arizona and Tom Mitchell of Ohio’s Honor and Remember worked with Run For the Fallen and all made it easy for us to participate, we will meet the runners and finish with them in Arlington VA.
Honor and Remember is a wonderful organization. Their mission is to remember our Fallen. They touch the lives of many Gold Star Families. Founder George Lutz, Gold Star Dad, puts his heart and soul into this organizaiton.
Honor and Remember is a wonderful organization. I have an Honor and Remember flag and have participated in many flag presentations. This flag means so much to everyone that receives one. We have given to families of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the war on Terror. To know that their loved one is not forgotten when they receive this flag and also when they fly the flag is an amazing tribute. This organization is well run and cares so much for Gold Star families and even families of those that have lost loved ones because of Agent Orange or PTSD.
I am so glad to be affiliated with this organization and have seen many families touched by this organization.
Review from Guidestar
Outstanding organization supporting Gold Star and 1st Responders families all across the US.
Fantastic organization! Got involved after meeting Gold Star Families in my role as State Captain for the CT Patriot Guard Riders. I was then able to bring the Honor and Remember mission to my corporate role and present many flags all over the US. What an honor to do so and show respect for our Fallen and their families. Well run, passionate and tremendous organization!
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I volunteer with Honor and Remember because all over this great nation, families are sitting down at their holiday tables only to see an empty chair around their tables. They have given so much, an entire lifetime of love, and memories so that the rest of us can live in the greatest nation on earth. It is the least we can do, to Honor their sacrifice, and remember their loved ones by name.
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The Honor and Remember Flag is a wonderful way to show our Gold Star Families that their loved ones will never be forgotten. The yearly remembrance cards sent out to the families continue to support them through difficult times, and that they are part of the Honor and Remember family now.
I am not an official member but volunteered with them on more than one occasion. I do so because once I learned what they do for Gold Star families, I was deeply moved. I have made countless friends and acquaintances since being associated and get an incredible sense of belonging a pride. Their mission is clear and selfless and I could not be more proud everytime I spend time with the organization. Thank you for doing so much for so many!
We consider Honor and Remember a true treasure in our lives... This nonprofit honored our son Spc Michael R Demarsico with an Honor and Remember Flag that we now display on our flag pole during the most special to our hearts holidays. and when not outside on display we keep it in a treasured case.... Knowing our son was and will forever be remembered , that our sacrifice as a family matters means so very much to us.... Thank you so much ... this means more than you could ever know.
lisa m Demarsico mother of Spc Michael R Demarsico kia Aug 16 2012