Don’t feel bad if the answer is “no”. For this flag has been around just over a decade and a flag that we recently started to carrying here at at CollinsFlags.com. Though the flag does not have a long history it certainly has a rich meaning and significance in the flag community.
In 2005 a family lost their loved one (Tony) who was killed while serving our country in Iraq. His family and friends endured the shock, emotional agony and overwhelming loss that accompanied the news of Tony’s death, just like the many families who have suffered the same tragedy. George found another commonality among the families of fallen soldiers. After their grief had transitioned to numbness and finally to acceptance, many families wanted to know two things: their sacrifice was not in vain and the nation would never forget. These concerns led George on a quest to discover if there was a universally recognized symbol that specifically acknowledges the American service men and women who never made it home. To his surprise, he found nothing. Thus the Honor and Remember Flag was conceived.
Meaning of the Flag
The Honor and Remember Flag’s design is distinctive, yet simple. Each detail on the flag symbolizes an important part of the overall meaning of the flags message.
Blood Spilled: The Red Field represents the blood spilled by brave men and women in America’s military throughout our history, who willingly gave their lives so that we all would remain free.
Service in Conflict: The Blue Star represents active service in military conflict. This symbol originated with World War I, but on this flag it signifies service through all generations from the American Revolution to present day.
Purity of Sacrifice: The White Border beneath and surrounding the gold star recognizes the purity of sacrifice. There is no greater price an American can pay than to give his or her life in service to our country.
The Ultimate Sacrifice: The Gold Star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who will not return home. Gold reflects the value of the life that was given.
The Final Tribute: The Folded Flag signifies the final tribute to an individual life that a family sacrificed and gave to the nation.
An Eternal Reminder: The Flame is an eternal reminder of the spirit that has departed this life yet burns on in the memory of all who knew and loved the fallen hero.
To perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen service members 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.
4 Pillars of The Mission
Establish the Flag as a permanent symbol of Remembrance across the United States.
Educate the nation about the importance of showing appreciation for our Fallen Heroes.
Present a personalized Flag to every Family who lost a loved one in Military Service to America.
Foster an atmosphere of healthy communication healing and comfort for the Gold Star Community.