Honor and Remember: A Memorial Flag for Our Veterans

 A Memorial Flag for Our VeteransRecently I received an email from Mike Gordon (LT, US Navy) about his volunteer work for the non-profit, www.HonorAndRemember.org — an organization focused on honoring our fallen veterans.

You know me, I’m all about community, and building a strong one for those touched by trauma. If this cause resonates with you it’s a great place to make a donation.

Mike and I did a short interview… Here’s the scoop:

MR: What’s the mission for HonorandRemember.org?

MG: To create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. All Military lives lost not only in action but also in service, from our nation’s inception.

The rationale behind what we do is this: In our over 200 year history there has never been an official national symbol that specifically recognizes in gratitude and respect the ultimate sacrifice made by members of the United States military in service to our nation. The Honor and Remember Flag was created for that purpose.

Our goals are :

  1. To promote the vision of the Honor and Remember Flag and request that visitors to the website sign a petition and pass the word about the importance of this new symbol.
  2. To build a consensus among the branches of the United States military, veterans organizations, service and civic groups, businesses and individuals in order to collectively solicit the Department of Defense and the United States Congress to propose and accept the Honor and Remember Flag as the official flag for honoring all fallen servicemen and servicewomen.
  3. To promote broad national awareness of and groundswell interest in the flag, so that military, government and educational facilities as well as households throughout the country would begin flying the Honor and Remember Flag in recognition of our nation’s fallen warriors.
  4. To place one personalized Honor and Remember Flag in the hands of immediate families who have lost a loved one in military service to America

 MR: What made you get involved and what are you hoping to achieve?

MG: I got involved upon returning from Afghanistan. I met the founder in April of 2008 as he was talking about his vision about trying to recognize gold star families with a memorial to their son or daughter. The ultimate goal is to get a flag into every single family for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

MR: You’ve launched a crowdrise fundraising campaign: what will you do with the funds and who do you hope to help with them?

MG: The crowd rise page was launched to help offset the cost of the 4 day run in Virginia. All the money goes towards helping pay the cost so that the runners and volunteers who put on the run and do the actual running can concentrate on what they are there to do. The link to the run page is www.varunforthefallen.org

My crowd rise effort can be found here: https://www.crowdrise.com/2015VARunfortheFallen/fundraiser/michaelgordon3

Watch the video:

 
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