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Honor and Remember Flag Gives Solace to Moms of Fallen U.S. Soldiers

On Oct. 15, 2004, Jonathan Santos, a U.S. Army corporal stationed in Iraq, was killed by an improvised explosive device.

Several days later, a large trunk arrived at the Bellingham, Wash., home of his mom, Doris Santos.

“It contained all of her son’s personal belongings. Inside were his beret, his lucky Shrek doll and several videotapes he’d shot in Iraq,” reports Luke Duecy of ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.  “But something unexpected caught Doris’ eye – a little green book. There were 37 entries inside, one for each day Jonathan spent in Iraq.”

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Flags for our sons: Doris Santos (right center) on Veterans Day.

That journal led Doris on a painful four- year quest to locate the mothers of her son’s fellow soldiers who perished with him in the attack.

Finally, three days ago – on Veterans Day – Doris’ journey ended with the presentation of Honor and Remember flags to her and two of those moms.

“What a privilege to be a part of this tribute,” HonorAndRemember.org founder George Lutz – whose son, Army Cpl. Tony Lutz, was killed by a sniper in Iraq in December 2005 – tells us. “This is the essence of what we are about.”

On July 4, BlogTalkRadio, kicked off a national campaign to establish Honor and Remember as the official flag honoring the 1.6 million U.S. military troops who have died in action since America’s founding 232 years ago.

Three months later, two U.S. Representatives from Virginia introduced a bill to Congress that, if enacted, would require that the flag be flown at the White House, Capitol, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, national cemeteries, and other federal grounds.

Also on Veteran’s Day, George appeared on BlogTalkRadio’s Buffman and Wrench show – a favorite of U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan – to update Americans on the campaign.

To see Luke’s KOMO-TV report, click here.

To hear George on Buffman and Wrench, click here.

To add your name to the Honor and Remember petition, click here.

Dennis Miller, Bill O’Reilly Join BlogTalkRadio’s Fight for a Flag Honoring America’s Fallen Soldiers

Last we told you about the campaign to establish an official flag honoring the 1.6 million U.S. military troops who have died in action since America’s founding 232 years ago, the issue had been taken up on Capitol Hill.

With a little luck, the recently-introduced bill to designate the Honor and Remember Flag as the official flag of our fallen soldiers – as no such flag currently exists – will become a law in 2009.

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“Dennis is campaigning for a unique flag to honor those killed fighting for America,” Bill said of the Honor and Remember flag.

Meanwhile, we’re happy to report that comedian Dennis Miller and Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly have joined the fight for this cause that BlogTalkRadio took national on July 4.

Last week, on The O’Reilly Factor, Bill called HonorAndRemember.org “a very worthy charity.” He also let viewers know that his pal Dennis is on board with the campaign.

“I cannot be humbled enough that these two honorable and influential men actually understood the importance of this historic vision,” HonorAndRemember.org founder George Lutz – whose son, Army Cpl. Tony Lutz, was killed by a sniper in Iraq in December 2005 – tells us.

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“Since The O’Reilly Factor mention, more than 4,000 signatures were added to our petition,” he added. “Please continue to spread the word. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

If enacted, the federal legislation would require that the flag be flown at the White House, Capitol, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, national cemeteries, and other federal grounds.

To see Bill’s Oct. 24 Honor and Remember segment on Fox News Channel, click here.

To hear BlogTalkRadio host Becky Davis’ special July 4 Honor and Remember edition of her show, Military Families Voice of Victory, click here.

To add your name to the Honor and Remember petition, click here.