Human Services

HONOR AND REMEMBER

  • Chesapeake, VA
  • www.honorandremember.org

Mission Statement

The mission of this organization is to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of America’s military fallen heroes and their families. The organization pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized.

The primary vehicle for perpetual recognition is a specific and dedicated symbol of remembrance created by this organization: the Honor and Remember Flag, which is intended to fly continuously as a tangible and visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. (CFC #92995)

Main Programs

  1. Establish
  2. Educate
  3. Present
  4. Comfort
Service Areas

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National

The organization pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized. These contemporary Gold Star families as well as Gold Star Descendants are located in every part of our country and throughout the world.

ruling year

2008

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. George Lutz

Keywords

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honor, remember, fallen, military, hero, army, navy, marine, air force, coast guard

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EIN

41-2277283

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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In keeping with our mission and primary goals, we continue to significantly impact this nation with the message of perpetually recognizing our military fallen heroes and their families. Our objectives can be summarized in four words, establish, educate, present and comfort. In this summary are accomplishments in a few of these areas although much of the work we do crosses all four. Only a small portion of our extensive activity is mentioned here.

Establish: Currently, seventeen states have adopted the Honor and Remember Flag as their state symbol of remembrance: VA, NC, MD, DE, PA, NJ, SC, AZ, KS, LA, MO, OR, UT, OK, IN, WI and TX. Many other states are working on adoption legislation and we should see substantial progress in 2014. We are slowly, deliberately and successfully changing the mindset of this nation. Additionally, every U.S. state has a point of contact who continues to contribute to the organization with increased awareness and outreach efforts.

Educate: With sixteen official state chapters we are making significantly more impact in many areas. These chapters are extensions of our organization, acting as boots on the ground and staffed 100% by volunteers. VA, NC, AK, OH, MN, TX, NH, FL, KY, CT, MA, NE, IN, KS and AZ. We are communicating with several other states and awaiting formal paperwork with a goal of doubling our efforts in 2014. Recently we partnered with national recording artist BeBe Winans to create a national tribute video that carried our message of remembrance. This year we also established Honor and Remember month of May, bring further national recognition of sacrifice.

Present: Continuing our benevolent goal of presenting personalized flags to every Gold Star Family who has lost a loved one in military service, hundreds of families have been honored in many states. More than 1500 personalized flags have been presented, with over 400 in the last year.

Comfort: Strategic partnerships with professional sports, national organizations and corporations, as well as HR planned community building events, have enabled us to personally touch the lives of thousands of individual Gold Star family members in a variety of states. Venues to honor families also brings opportunities to educate our citizens as to the flag’s meaning and purpose. Hundreds of thousands have been reached by our message. We also have established the Honor and Remember Run for the Fallen as an outreach to individually recognize each states military fallen.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Establish

To establish the Honor and Remember Flag as a permanent symbol of remembrance across the United States of America through various means, including petitioning the United States Congress to propose and accept the Honor and Remember Flag as the official national flag for acknowledging fallen servicemen, servicewomen and their families. In addition to federal adoption, Honor and Remember Inc. seeks adoption of the flag by state and community governments as an official symbol of those administrative institutions.

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Population(s) Served

Military/Veterans

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General Public/Unspecified

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Program 2

Educate

Educate the nation about the importance of showing appreciation for our nation’s military fallen heroes and to build a consensus among the branches of the United States military, service organizations, civic groups, school districts, businesses and individuals regarding the need for a specific and distinct symbol that represents this purpose. Inherent in this goal is the intention to educate all parties regarding the meaning and the message of ongoing remembrance.

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Program 3

Present

Present one personalized Honor and Remember Flag to every family that has lost a loved one in military service to America, dating back to the American Revolution, eventually honoring every individual who has fallen in United States history.

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Program 4

Comfort

Our mission continues beyond the personalized flag through continuous partnership and relationship building between national organizations and the Gold Star Community, fostering an atmosphere of healthy communication, healing and comfort.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Honor and Remember, Inc. exists to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of our military fallen heroes and their families. In large part by the establishment of a national public symbol of remembrance – A visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.

    Our vision is to reach the nation and recognize all fallen military heroes with a tangible symbol of appreciation and educate our citizens on the reason and importance of recognizing our fallen and their families. We will gift every Gold Star family who has lost a loved one a personalized flag to honor their sacrifice.

    We want to be a premier source of giving tribute to military fallen heroes in the United States. The dynamics of our mission are:

    • To insure that families of fallen heroes know that their sacrifice was not in vain.
    • To assure them that their loved ones have not been forgotten
    • To bestow honor by publicly remembering their loved one by name, with a personalized flag.
    • To bring comfort through ongoing programs ensuring the families themselves are not forgotten.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The approach to solving the void of recognizing the sacrifice of these men and women and their families is public appreciation. We accomplish this by establishing a national symbol of remembrance, educating the nation on its meaning and importance, and by openly presenting personalized flags to Gold Star families across America.

    The goals of the Honor and Remember organization include touching the individual lives of these wounded family members in very personal and meaningful ways.

    This is achieved in part by state adoptions, by individuals and organizations understanding and publicly flying the Honor and Remember Flag and through public presentations of personalized flags to families of the fallen in ceremonies that express gratitude for their specific loved one’s sacrifice for their specific loved one’s sacrifice.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The plan for accomplishing our organizational goals include establishing a firm identity of the Honor and Remember Flag as the national symbol of remembrance; partnering with like-minded individuals and organizations both in various states and nationally in order to educate citizens and to identify and touch the individual lives of every Gold Star family.

    These goals are fulfilled in part by the establishment of active Honor and Remember state chapters, growing grassroots support using national mainstream and social media, building strategic corporate partnerships,
    encouraging state adoptions, participating in compatible events and locating and communicating with gold star families.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    With clear and concise organizational goals the ability to measure success is simple. Our primary objectives are based upon four core ideas; Establishing a national symbol, measured by the increasing state adoptions; Educating the general public, evident by the increasing number of flags being established in nationwide communities; Presenting personalized flags to Gold Star families, evident by a continued growth in requests and presentations; Comforting the families by bringing them opportunities to be recognized at public events.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Progress has been phenomenal over our past 7 years, with measurable growth within the core of our 4 major goals. Establishment of Honor and Remember as the national symbol of remembrance, currently with 21 official state adoptions and many more in process. Educating the nation evident by the hundreds of presentations and events garnering media attention and supporters. Presenting personalized flags, measure by the nearly 2000 flags already in the hands of Gold Star families, an average of nearly one per day. And Comfort as we have hosted more than one thousand families at sporting events, banquets and other venues, continuing to give tribute to our fallen and their families. Clear and concise organizational goals that we continue to build upon every day.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The organization pays tribute to all military lives lost, not only while serving on active duty but also as a result of serving. Military deaths in all wars or conflicts and all branches of service from our nation’s inception are recognized. These contemporary Gold Star families as well as Gold Star Descendants are located in every part of our country and throughout the world.

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HONOR AND REMEMBER INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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HONOR AND REMEMBER

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Executive Director

Mr. George Lutz

BIO

George Lutz is the founder and executive director of Honor and Remember Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetually recognizing our fallen Military heroes and their families. Through the creation of the Honor and Remember Flag the organization's mission is to establish, through congress, a public national symbol that recognizes with gratitude and respect the men and women who died in military service to America. Further goals include broad national awareness and education of the flag’s meaning and importance and to present personalized Honor and Remember Flags to the immediate families of all our nation's fallen. George is the father of Corporal Tony Lutz, who was killed in Iraq in 2005 and who is the inspiration for the Honor and Remember Flag.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. George Lutz

Honor and Remember, Inc

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