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November 20, 2012

Re:      Honor and Remember Flag Bill Signed

Dear Mayor:

Yesterday in Trenton, Governor Christie signed into law A-2029/S-2007. This bill designates the “Honor and Remember Flag” as the State’s official flag for recognizing those of the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty.

The "Honor and Remember Flag" flag was developed by George Lutz, whose son was killed by a sniper in Iraq in 2005. After his son's death, Lutz visited many families who had also lost a loved one in the Iraq War. He found that these families consistently shared a desire to know that their loved one's sacrifice was not in vain, and that the nation would never forget. He also learned that the United States did not have an officially recognized symbol to acknowledge those Americans who had died in service to their country. As a result, the "Honor and Remember Flag" was conceived.

The “Honor and Remember Flag” is composed of a prominent red field to represent the blood of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, a blue star, which has been a symbol of active service in military conflict ever since World War I, enclosing a white border to recognize the purity of sacrifice, enclosing a gold star to symbolize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, a folded flag element to highlight our nation’s final tribute to a fallen service member, and a flame to symbolize the eternal spirit of the departed.

We salute Assemblymen Russo and Rumana, Senator O’Toole, Assemblywoman Tucker and all who co-sponsored and supported this legislation.

 New Jersey now joins 12 other states that have formally adopted this standard to honor our fallen heroes.

Very truly yours,

Art Ondish
President, NJLM and
Mayor, Mount Arlington
William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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