FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky would designate a special flag to honor fallen U.S. military service members and veterans under a bill that has advanced in the Kentucky General Assembly.
House Bill 406 looks to name the ‘Honor and Remember’ flag as the state’s official emblem in honor and remembrance of U.S. service men and women who died in the line of duty – including those killed while serving or as a result of serving.
The Honor and Remember flag website says that includes death as a result of PTSD, exposure to Agent Orange, and other causes.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. C. Ed Massey, of Covington, and Rep. Kevin Bratcher, of Louisville. It passed the House 99-0 Monday and is now before the Senate.
At least a dozen states have passed legislation similar to HB 406.
The movement to create the ‘Honor and Remember’ flag was initiated by George Lutz after his son, Army Pfc. George A. Lutz II of Virginia, was killed in action in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005. The ‘Honor and Remember’ website calls the flag a ‘universally recognized symbol’ of remembrance.