Forest Lake lawmaker wants to honor fallen vets with official state flag of sacrifice

Some state lawmakers are trying to pass a law that recognizes a new kind of flag -- the "Honor and Remember Flag."

The Honor and Remember Foundation has given the flags out to about 200 Minnesota families who lost sons and daughters in combat. Advocates now want them to become a recognized state symbol.

The flag was conceived by a Virginia father who simply wanted to remember his son, killed in Iraq, and the Honor and Remember Foundation presents them to Gold Star families throughout the country.

Rep. Bob Dettmer (R-Forest Lake) is a veteran, and both of his sons are too.

He's author of a bill that would make the Honor and Remember Flag Minnesota's official symbol of sacrifice.

Dettmer says his bill isn't meant to replace the American flag, but is instead meant to recognize those that have fallen while serving the country.

"We need to realize that these families that are presented the stars and stripes at the burials, that's a precious thing," Dettmer says. "And what the honor and remember flag does is to bring honor and remembrance to all those who have fallen."

The proposal doesn't force anyone to fly the flag -- it only asks that the state recognize it and suggest certain days of the year that it could be flown outside of state buildings.

Dettmer's legislation passed out of committee today and is now headed to the House floor.

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