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Kauffman's Legislation Urging Congress to Recognize Fallen Soldiers with New Honor and Remember Flag Passes State House
Family members of some of our country’s fallen soldiers joined Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland/Franklin) in the state House today as the chamber unanimously voted in favor of his legislation urging Congress to officially recognize the Honor and Remember flag as the national symbol of the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces who have given their lives in the line of duty.
“When I first became aware of this flag and its purpose, I was shocked that no one had thought of this idea before,” said Kauffman. “This flag is a simple, yet powerful, way for the families of our fallen soldiers to display their love for those they lost and be recognized for the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
Kauffman’s House Resolution 275 urges Congress to officially recognize the Honor and Remember flag as a national symbol of our country’s fallen soldiers.       
There have been an estimated 1.6 million fallen servicepersons throughout this nation’s history.  The idea for the Honor and Remember flag came from a father, George Lutz, who lost his son in the Iraq War. Lutz was in attendance in the House chamber during passage of the resolution.
The Honor and Remember flag’s design holds 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. 
Also present in the House of Representatives to show support for the legislation were Tom Leisher and Gold Star Mothers Ruth Stonesiser, Barbara Benard, Peggy Morrison, Cherriney “Cher” Kondor and Patty Genevie.
On April 10, 2009, Patty Genevie of Chambersburg became the first Central Pennsylvania person to receive an Honor and Remember flag on behalf of the supreme sacrifice of her son, Private First Class Aaron Genevie, while serving in Iraq. Kauffman posthumously honored Aaron on the state House floor in May with a condolence resolution.
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 and sign a petition.
Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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