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The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 53, designating the Honor and Remember Flag ® as a symbol of national gratitude toward service members who have given their lives serving our nation. The House Special Committee on Military & Veterans’ Affairs sponsored the bill.
Men and women have been serving in the United States military and dying for their country for more than 200 years. They deserve a symbol of recognition and honor.
HJR 53 is intended to urge Congress, the Alaska Delegation, and the President and Vice President to encourage passage of U.S. House Resolution 1034. It was introduced in the First Session of the 111th Congress to designate the Honor and Remember Flag ® created by Honor & Remember, Inc., to officially recognize and honor fallen members of the United States military. Alaska is one of the first states to establish a state chapter to support this effort.
“Men and women have been serving in the United States military and dying for their country for more than 200 years,” said MLV Committee Chair Rep. Carl Gatto, R-Palmer. “They deserve a symbol of recognition and honor.” Honor and Remember, Inc., seeks to present a personalized flag to families that have lost a loved one in military service to America. Each flag contains the name, unit and date of death of the service member.
The flag would be flown below the American Flag on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Veterans’ Day, and at Veterans’ Memorials and Dept. of Veterans Affairs medical centers, on any day that the American flag is flown. It would also be raised at the Capitol, White House, National cemeteries, buildings containing certain federal offices, and at major military installations. In the last year, the Honor and Remember Flag ® has received endorsements from groups such as the Associations of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force; the Fleet Reserve Association; the Military Officers Association of America; and the American Gold Star Mothers.
HJR 53 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.