On Memorial Day 2018, VAU completed our traveling Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Flag. Our small way of honoring close to 7000 GWOT fallen heroes and gold star families. We hope to raise awareness of the sacrifice paid by our nations heroes that keep this country free and flying under one flag.
This 28 foot wide by 6 foot tall American flag symbolizes the shape of the flag when draped on a fallen service members casket. It is formed of approximately 7000 dog tags of all those who have fallen in the War on Terror. There are 50 gold stars honoring all gold star families nationwide. Displayed in front of the flag is a battle field cr oss sculpted from mahogany wood by veteran artist Alicia Dietz.
Tags are in alphabetical order ranging from 11SEPT 2001 to 31Dec 2019; thereafter the tags are in chronological order of the date Killed in Action (KIA). Sadly, as the war continues we will continue to fill in the blank tags at the end of the flag.
For our memorial flag we used the DOD Global War on Terror DMDC Casualty List for all the names of the GWOT fallen heroes.
For more information, to locate names:
This memorial travels to special locations nationwide where it is open to the public, providing community reflection of their service and sacrifice. When it's not on the road it is displayed at our veterans retreat in Richmond, VA. At this location it can also be seen from the nature center Rockwood Park trail. We accept visitation requests via email for small groups.
This Memorial was internally funded through VAU veterans, built by veteran/active duty volunteers and caring professionals. Generous in kind material donations, pro bono work and discounted prices were provided by many within the community. We are thankful for all our benefactors of the memorial.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!
If interested in being apart of our memorial travel committee please fill out a volunteer application and we will contact you with details. Especially those interested West of the Mississippi.
We encourage those who would like to make a donation to support the GWOT Memorial Foundation mission to build a National Memorial in Washington, DC please visit.
All proceeds from the memorials travel goes directly to gold star family organizations and the GWOT Memorial Foundations mission to build a National Memorial in Washington DC.
2021 Fallen Heroes Memorial Travel Locations
1 Jan -5 Mar: Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville NC
22 Mar: "Swing for Veterans" Golf fundraiser. 8136 Highland Glen Dr. Chesterfield VA 23838. 11am-3pm
2-9 Apr: Monument Terrace Troop Rally - 313 9th St Lynchburg, VA
9-21 May: Valor Farms- AltaVista, Va
24-27 May: Special Operations - Gold Star Families memorial event. Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC
28-31 May: National Mall bottom of Lincoln Memorial steps, Washington DC
2-3 Jul: Drakes Creek Park - Hendersonville, TN
17-18 Jul: KIA Memorial Road March Buffalo, NY
1 Naval Park Cove Buffalo, NY 14202
13-15 Aug: Humble Grunt Works Event - Sandwich, NH Fairgrounds
18 Aug-3 Sep: Ground Zero, Liberty Park NYC
12 Sep: Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run- Richmond, VA
19 Sep: Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run Navy-Marine Corp Stadium- Annapolis VA
25 Sep: Gold Star mothers day event at VAU retreat- Richmond, Va
2-3 Oct: Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run- Doylestown, PA
6-8 Oct: Piedmont Area Veterans Council event-Prince Edward County Courthouse Farmville, VA
8-10 Oct: Railroad Festival- Main St. downtown Appomattox, VA
15-17 Oct: Veterans Tribute Park- St Charles, MO
19-26 Oct: Missouri's National Veterans Memorial- Perryville, MO
4-10 Nov: National Museum of the Marine Corps- Triangle, VA
11 Nov: Washington Monument Tunnel to Towers reading of the fallen names- Washington DC
17-21 Nov: War Memorial Civic Center DeRidder, LA
9-11 Dec: Army-Navy Football Game- MetLife Stadium, NJ
17 Dec: Wreaths Across America Ceremony- Crystal Gateway Marrriott, DC