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Kauffman Urges Congress to Recognize Honor and Remember Flag as National Symbol of Service and Sacrifice of Our Fallen Soldiers
5/13/2009
Chambersburg mother first Central Pennsylvanian to receive Honor and Remember flag
 
Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) is urging Congress to adopt legislation that would officially recognize the Honor and Remember flag as the national symbol of the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives in the line of duty.
 
“This flag is a simple, yet powerful, symbol of the great sacrifice too many men and women have made in our nations wars,” said Kauffman. “For the families of these soldiers, the adoption of legislation recognizing the flag would be an important step in their healing process and a way for them to forever show their pride for a loved one no longer with them.”
 
There have been an estimated 1.6 million fallen servicepersons throughout this nation’s history. Among them is Private First Class Aaron Genevie, formerly of Chambersburg, whom Kauffman posthumously honored on the state House floor earlier this week with a condolence resolution.
 
On April 10, 2009, his mother, Patricia Genevie, became the first Central Pennsylvania person to receive an Honor and Remember flag on behalf of the supreme sacrifice of her son while serving in Iraq. Aaron was tragically killed on April 16, 2007, when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device while serving in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service.
 
“As we prepare to pay homage to our fallen soldiers this Memorial Day, we need to let our representatives in Congress know that this flag would be an appropriate and long overdue way to honor and remember men and women like Aaron within our communities and across this nation,” said Kauffman.
 
The idea for the flag came from a father who lost his son in the Iraq War.
 
The flag’s design hold’s great significance:
  • The red field represents the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom.
  • The blue star is a symbol of active service in military conflict.
  • The white border recognizes the purity of sacrifice.
  • The gold star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who is not returning home and reflects the value of the life given.
  • The folded flag highlights this nation’s final tribute to a fallen serviceperson and a family’s sacrifice.
  • The red flame symbolizes the eternal spirit of the departed. 
Individuals who would like to join the call for Congress to officially designate the Honor and Remember flag as a national symbol, can go to Kauffman’s Web site at www.RepKauffman.com and sign a petition.  

Kauffman’s House Resolution 275, which urges Congress to officially recognize the Honor and Remember flag as a national symbol of our country’s fallen soldiers, was passed by the House Veteran’s Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. It now goes before the full House for consideration.      

 
Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
(717) 705-2004
(717) 264-3943
Member Site: RepKauffman.com
Contact: Tricia G. Lehman
(717) 772-9840
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com