NY Senators Introduce Bill to Honor Fallen Service Members with Official Flag

New York State Senators introduce bipartisan legislation to make the "Honor and Remember Flag" the official flag to recognize armed service members who died in the line of duty. The flag, conceived by George Lutz, aims to provide a unified national tribute to fallen service members.

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NY Senators Introduce Bill to Honor Fallen Service Members with Official Flag

NY Senators Introduce Bill to Honor Fallen Service Members with Official Flag

New York State Senators Joseph Griffo and Peter Oberacker have introduced bipartisan legislation to make the "Honor and Remember Flag" the official flag to recognize and honor armed service members who died in the line of duty in New York. The bill aims to provide an additional way to pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the nation.

Why this matters: This legislation serves as a crucial step in acknowledging the sacrifices of fallen service members, fostering a sense of national gratitude and respect. By establishing an official flag, New York State can set a precedent for other states to follow, ultimately promoting a unified national tribute to those who have given their lives in service.

The Honor and Remember Flag was conceived by George Lutz, whose son George Anthony Lutz II was killed by a sniper's bullet while on patrol in Iraq on December 29, 2005. Unable to find an existing symbol to acknowledge service members who died in service, Lutz created a flag that would be universally recognizable. The flag has since been adopted by multiple states as the official emblem to honor fallen military members.

The flag features a red field symbolizing the sacrifice of bloodshed, a white field representing the purity of that sacrifice, a blue star dating back to World War I, a gold star signifying the loved one killed, a folded flag handed to each family at memorial services, and flames serving as an eternal reminder to never forget. The words "Honor and Remember" complete the tribute.

Senator Jessica Scarcella Spanton, chair of the Senate's Veterans Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, introduced the bill in the Senate. Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara has introduced the legislation in the Assembly. The bipartisan effort reflects the importance of recognizing the sacrifices of fallen service members across party lines.

Senator Griffo expressed his pride in supporting the legislation, stating, "The Honor and Remember Flag will provide us with an additional way to recognize the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our nation. We will always remember those who never came home and are forever grateful to all those who served." The senator thanked the Chenango County Board of Supervisors for bringing the initiative to his attention.

The introduction of this legislation marks a significant step in officially recognizing and honoring New York's fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. If passed, the Honor and Remember Flag will serve as a visible and enduring symbol of gratitude for their bravery and dedication.

Key Takeaways

  • New York State Senators introduce bipartisan legislation to make the "Honor and Remember Flag" official.
  • The flag honors armed service members who died in the line of duty in New York.
  • The flag features symbols of sacrifice, purity, and remembrance.
  • The legislation aims to provide a unified national tribute to fallen service members.
  • If passed, the flag will serve as a visible symbol of gratitude for their bravery and dedication.