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Honor and Remember, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations, Public & Societal Benefit

Mission: The mission of this organization is to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen heroes and their families. The organization pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized. The primary vehicle for perpetual recognition is a specific and dedicated symbol of remembrance created by this organization: the Honor and Remember Flag, which is intended to fly continuously as a tangible and visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. In keeping with our mission and primary goals, we continue to significantly impact this nation with the message of perpetually recognizing our military fallen heroes and their families. Our objectives can be summarized in four words, establish, educate, present and comfort. (CFC #92995)

Results: The establishment of the Honor and Remember Flag as a national, state and local symbol of remembrance. Initiation of US bill in Congress and state by state adoption of the Flag in each jurisdiction. Individual supporters across the United States. Twenty-three state adoptions through 2017. Petition responses, visits to our website, gold star families relationship building. Growing partnerships with national organizations and companies. Speaking and sharing opportunities in front of thousands of individuals at sporting events, festivals, ceremonies and related events throughout the year. Present one personalized Honor and Remember Flag to every family that has lost a loved one in military service to America, dating back to the American Revolution, eventually honoring every individual who has fallen in United States history. Flags continue to be presented on the average of one per day. Hosted hundreds of individual families at yearly banquets, organized runs and professional sporting events such as NASCAR, MLB, MMA, concerts and more. Only a small portion of our extensive activity is mentioned here.

Target demographics: Give tribute to our Military Fallen Heroes and Their Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: reach and recognize hundreds of Gold Star Families

Geographic areas served: National

Programs: Establishing the Honor and Remember Flag as a permanent symbol of remembrance across the nation including petitioning states and municipalities to propose and accept the HR Flag as the official national flag for acknowledging fallen service members and their families. Educating the nation about the importance of showing appreciation for our nation’s military fallen and to build a consensus among service organizations, civic groups, school districts, businesses and individuals regarding the need for a specific and distinct symbol that represents this purpose. Presenting personalized Honor and Remember Flags to every family that has lost a loved one in military service to America, eventually honoring every individual who has fallen in U.S. history. Our mission continues beyond the personalized flag through continuous partnership and relationship building between national organizations and the Gold Star Community, fostering an atmosphere of healthy communication, healing and comfort.

Community Stories

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9 T-e F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Lisa D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The honor they provide and the feeling the Gold Star parents get is priceless. This organization does amazing work! God bless you George and all those who help you to bring a blessing to Gold Star families.

3 Deb_47

Board Member

Rating: 5

Honor and Remember brings our Gold Star Families together in our communities. Honoring a Hero loved one by name is an amazimg experience for all involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Honor and Remember for about 3 years. This organization connects Families of Fallen Heroes and presents Personalized Honor and Remember flags to the families of fallen Sevice Members. The more events I go to and participate in; the more I see families meeting and hugging and knowing they are not alone. Also the community gathers; government, civic organizations, Patriot Guard Riders...the list goes on. Honor and Remember connects hearts and hands; I'm honored to be part of this amazing organization.

2 Annette L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son in law was killed in action december 23 2006. My daughter and he were stationed at Ft Drum with deployments to Iraq, we were notified of is death that Christmas as my daughter and granddaughter were in flight to join us for Christmas that night. As an honor this year they added his name to the Run for the Fallen in east Mesa, included us like we were family the first time we experienced some closure in ten long years. They also made a beautiful embroidered flag which my daughter took home in february this year while visiting, you have shown so much love and support. God Bless and thank you

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization brings honor to my son SPC Thomas Avery Doyle. He was lost to PTS and suicide. A mother's worst fear is that her child will be forgotten. I am blessed now knowing that this won't happen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Honor and aremember is a wonderful organization. They recognize all who have given their lives in service to our country. I am beyond proud of the beautiful flag with my son's name. Thank you Honor and Remember! Norma A. Luther

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3 Patti W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Honor and Remember is a great organization. They wirk diligently to make sure are fallen are always remembered.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Honor and Remember has blessed our family greatly in the Run4Fallen every year in Arizona that honors our son, Army Specialist Kale Clay. It helps so very much to be supported in this way. Our deepest thanks to them, and all who volunteer to make things happen.

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2 Adam D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a runner for this organizations Run for the Fallen I know this organization stays true to their ethos. Taking the time to remember those who sacrificed their all.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that honors families of our fallen Heroes. I appreciate the dedication and sensitivity during the most heartbreaking time of our life. I support the ongoing mission to establish the Honor and Remember Flag as our national symbol, a tangible and visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Honor and Remember has done much for all the families of our fallen heroes. It means so much to our family that our Sammy (Major Samuel Mark Griffith, USMCR, KIA 14 Dec 2011, Afghanistan) was one of many honored by this organization. We can't thank you enough.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Honor and Remember is an outstanding organization. They do so much to bring healing and peace to the families of fallen heroes to be sure that they are never forgotten nor are the families. They educate the public on what a Gold Star is and make sure the families can get together at events they do as they are the only ones who truly know their pain. George Lutz who is the founder is a gold star dad and works tirelessly to make good things happen for the families. It is an honor and privilege to work with George in a volunteer capacity and when you meet the families you really know and understand the importance of what he does. I look forward to working with Honor and Remember for a very long time.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined Honor and Remember 6 years ago, as a Veteran I feel I am giving back in some way to the family's that have lost a family member in combat. It is a great organization to be part of and it is truly the only remembrance you see out there that carries on the remembrance of fallen soldiers.

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3 Gregg B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have to say that this is one of the best way my son was honored after he was killed over seas. It really touched my heart what George has sacrificed and done for all the Gold Star families. My flag with my sons name on it is one of the nicest gifts I have received. I fly it as often as I can.

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4 Stan W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mr. George Lutz gave us two personalized Honor and Remember flag for our two sons ( SSG Robert F. White and CPL Andrew R. White) who died serving our country in OIF and OAF campaigns. We fly them on special days to show others that we honor their sacrifice. This would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of this great non-profit organization.

Stan White, Gold Star Father from Canaan Valley, WV.

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2 Susan Schmiel C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I see these flags flown across our city and in my own neighborhood. It's very important to recognize those who have fought for our freedom. I appreciate knowing they have lived all around me and their families still do. I have had a member of our family in every single service as well as police, and still do. God Bless them all.

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