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Honor and Remember Flag Ceremony Celebrates National Heroes

By Sarah H. Dolan | November 13, 2009

George Lutz and Director of Military Affairs David Boisselle present the Honor and Remember Flag.

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Veterans Day is a time for Americans to honor and remember the service and sacrifice of the nation's military personnel. On November 11, the Regent University community participated in an Honor and Remember flag-raising ceremony as a visual reminder of the heroism of America's fallen soldiers.

"I am honored by this special flag remembrance and the meaning attached to it," said Regent Founder and Chancellor Dr. Pat Robertson, who has served in the Marines for several years. "We also want to honor those who are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan in defense of freedom, which carries a deadly cost. It is humbling to stand and think of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives."

The Honor and Remember Flag was conceived by Regent graduate George Lutz '84 (Communication & the Arts), whose son Tony was killed in 2005 by a sniper's bullet while on patrol in Fallujah, Iraq. In the months that followed Tony's funeral, Lutz visited other families who lost loved ones in the Iraq war. He developed the Honor and Remember Flag in hope that it will one day become a universally recognized symbol that specifically acknowledges America's fallen soldiers, whose sacrifice was not in vain and would never be forgotten.

Regent President-Elect Dr. Carlos Campo commended the nation's military personnel who are known for their character, commitment and role as America's ambassadors. He also remarked that performing the flag-raising ceremony outside despite the day's inclement weather was appropriate, because military personnel never get a day off in the call to duty.

He introduced Lutz at the ceremony as an American who is assuring many lives will be remembered through the campaign to honor the nation's fallen heroes.

"The Honor and Remember Flag is for a public who needs a tangible way to say thank you to those who live the sacrifice every day," Lutz said. "Two million have sacrificed their lives for America since the country's inception."

He explained the symbolism of the flag's design:

-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.

-The Blue Star represents active service in military conflict. This symbol originated with World War I, but on this flag it signifies service in all wars from the American Revolution to present day.

-The White Border 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 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 Folded Flag signifies the final tribute to an individual life that a family sacrificed and gave to the nation.

-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.

Military Affairs Director David Boisselle read a proclamation to commence the official raising of the flag in front of The Founders Inn. Lutz then presented a personalized flag to the Gold Star family of Staff Sgt. Jonathan Dozier, who laid down his life in Iraq on January, 9, 2008, during combat operations.

"A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers," Lutz concluded, quoting former President John F. Kennedy.

Other Regent events to mark Veterans Day included a prayer breakfast featuring guest speaker Army Col. Joseph "JJ" Frazier of the Joint Forces Staff College and a chapel featuring Navy chaplain Capt. Dale Parker.

*Video by Mark Stevenson

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