Tuesday, May 24, 2011

St. Reps. Combs and Uecker Discuss Resolution to Honor Military Members

COLUMBUS—State Representatives Courtney Combs (R-Hamilton) and Joe Uecker (R-Loveland) today held a press conference to unveil a resolution designating the Honor and Remember Flag as Ohio’s emblem representing the sacrifice of those in the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Honor and Remember Flag recognizes all individuals who have died as a result of serving in the U.S. military, acting as a symbol of national gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the nation’s freedom and prosperity. It also serves to help recognize military families who have suffered the loss of a loved one.
“This legislation will ensure that those who have given their lives for our country will truly be remembered,” said Combs. “As we approach Memorial Day, we felt it was appropriate to take steps to honor our fallen military members by drafting and introducing this resolution as just one way of showing our gratitude.”
“It is long overdue that we support a national symbol that pays tribute to those who have died while protecting their families and neighbors back home,” Uecker said. “I’m honored to sponsor this bill with Rep. Combs and bring Ohio one step closer to recognizing the dedication and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform.”
The goal of the resolution is to establish the Honor and Remember Flag as a permanent, officially sanctioned symbol to fly continuously in remembrance of fallen military servicemen and women. It differs from the Gold Star Service Flag because it allows all Ohioans the opportunity to show their respect for those who gave their lives for their nation, as opposed to the Gold Star Service Flag that is reserved for military families.