Posted: Oct 18, 2010 5:16 PM by Sarah Rosario, Heather Harel
Updated: Oct 18, 2010 6:55 PM
A man from Virginia is traveling the country with hopes of creating a national symbol.
George Lutz has been to 45 states and traveled more than 21,000 miles on a mission called “Honor and Remember.” Lutz established flags with that slogan on them more than two years ago and presents them to families who have lost loved ones to war.
Lutz said he was motivated by the loss of his son, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq five years ago, and decided this summer to travel cross country and make stops at every state capital to raise awareness about troops killed in action.
"I realized that my son died for this nation and paid that price of freedom, and I wanted to know how this country appreciated it. So, that's really what began my search," said Lutz.
It was out of that search Lutz said he realized there isn’t a public way to recognize the fallen, aside from memorials. He said he felt like that was a void that needed to be filled.
Jill Puckett and her family from north Louisiana were presented with a flag of honor Monday morning in memory of Puckett’s son, Lance Corporal John Eric Bowman. Bowman was a marine who also lost his life in Iraq. Puckett said her son knew he was going to enlist in the army and told her he would after 9-11.
Lutz's tour began in June and will end at the Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
There's a bill in congress to establish the flag as a national symbol of remembrance. So far, 45 states have endorsed the flag as their own. The bill will be voted on by congress this spring.