Editor’s note: State Rep. Terry Boose (R-Norwalk) represents the 58th district, comprising Huron County and portions of eastern Seneca County and southern and western Lorain County. This editorial was released to media outlets today, July 7, 2010.
Guest Column From Representative Terry Boose
“Honor and Remember Flag” pays respect to Ohio’s fallen
With the passing of our nation’s Independence Day, it is hard to forget those who have fought to maintain that independence through the years. Americans are proud to live in a nation where we are not limited by religion, race or gender—a nation where the only colors that matter are red, white, and blue. We know that many have sacrificed their lives on both native and foreign soil to preserve the liberties we enjoy today.
Throughout the year, we pay special tribute to those men and women in the United States Armed Forces who paid the ultimate price to protect those back home. These brave individuals put their lives on the line so we could sleep soundly at night, knowing that we are protected by our men and women in uniform. Until now, throughout our nation’s long military history, there has never been an officially recognized symbol that honors the service members who lost their lives in service to our country. This past Independence Day, legislation was unveiled that designates the Honor and Remember Flag as Ohio’s emblem of service and sacrifice by those who have lost their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The distinct design of the Honor and Remember Flag is hard to forget. The red field represents the blood spilled by the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our nation’s freedom. The white field at the bottom of the flag recognizes the purity of sacrifice. The gold star signifies the ultimate sacrifice of a warrior in active service who will not return home, while the blue star that frames it represents active service in military conflict. Within the gold star is the flame which serves as a reminder of the spirit that has departed this life yet burns on in the memory of all who knew and love the fallen hero. And finally, the folded flag beneath the stars signifies the final tribute to an individual life presented to the family for their significant loss.
As a vigilant supporter of Ohio’s more than 900,000 military veterans, I am proud to have supported this legislation in remembrance of our most heroic individuals. Serving in the United States military is one of the noblest endeavors a person can make, and I will continue to work to ensure that these individuals receive the respect and gratitude they deserve.