State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
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Two elderly women had been trapped, stranded for two weeks, in a home rescuers had marked as empty. Unsatisfied, Lutz went inside anyway and discovered the women. Without any means to contact family, Lutz gave the women his satellite phone. Lutz stood by as one of the women was able to reach her family members that were all gathered together to plan her unnecessary funeral.
December 29, 2005, Lutz was in Fallujah, standing in a Humvee while his dismounted patrol was attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire. A sniper’s bullet missed Lutz’s protective armor and penetrated his heart. Lutz was just six weeks into his deployment, killed less than a month after he turned 25.
Accolades quickly followed. The Raleigh News and Observer wrote, “Slain soldier always thought of others, Tony Lutz was 'proud to be a soldier’.” The Washington Post described Lutz as, “Unafraid of mission…. known not only for his easygoing manner but also for his dedication and commitment to what mattered most to him -- family, church and country.” CBN News called Lutz, “A brave, fallen hero.”
National Public Radio (NPR) reported, “At one point, he (Lutz) did tell his father he wasn't afraid to die in
Lutz’s father, George Lutz is the founder of Honor and Remember Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting a new national symbol to pay tribute, just like Memorial Day, to all that died serving our country. The organization’s stated mission: “To establish a tangible national symbol of gratitude, as a visible public reminder to all Americans, that perpetually recognizes all military lives lost in defense of our national freedoms.” The chosen symbol is a special Honor and Remember Flag to be flown under the American flag.
Distinctive features of the Honor and Remember flag include the following:
A Red Field represents the blood spilled by our courageous military.
A Blue Star represents service through all generations from the American Revolution to the present.
A White Border surrounding a gold star recognizes the purity of sacrifice.
A Gold Star represents the ultimate sacrifice of a soldier. Gold reflects the value of the life that was given.
The Folded Flag represents the final tribute to an individual life that a family sacrificed and gave to the nation.
The Flame is a permanent reminder of the sprit that has departed this life yet burns on in the memories of the loved ones left behind.
To build support for The Honor and Remember Flag, Lutz will soon kickoff a 23-week public awareness campaign visiting all 50 state capitals in all 50 states. The tour begins June 5, 2010, concluding on Veterans Day, November 11, 2010 at
The Honor and Remember Flag has been endorsed by the American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., The Gold Star Wives of America, The Blue Star Mothers, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Fleet Reserve Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Associations of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and many other organizations.
UPDATE: You can purchase Honor and Remember flags and other items here.