VAU Fallen Heroes Memorial

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 cross sculpted from mahogany wood by female veteran artist Alicia Dietz.

Tags are in alphabetical order ranging from 11SEPT2001 to 01JAN18; 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.

The DOD Global War on Terror DMDC casualty list was used for the fallen hero names that were included on our memorial. For more information see the website where all the names are listed for each operation within GWOT.  


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Mobile Memorial

Similar to the Vietnam traveling wall, this memorial  travels to special locations where it is open to the public providing community reflection of their service and sacrifice.  The flag can be broken down into eight sections and travel Nationwide. In between travel it is headquartered at our veterans retreat in Northern Chesterfield, Va. Where it can impact all of those we serve through our programs. At this location it can also be seen from Rockwood Park along the back trail along side the lake near the nature center.

 2019 Travel Locations

  • 8-10 FEB: Paralyzed Veterans of America Code of Honor Event, Washington DC

  • 21-22 MAR: Monument Terrace Troop Rally, Lynchburg Va

  • 19-21APR: National D-Day Memoriala Prelude to Invasion/ Living history, Bedford Va

  • 2-29 MAY: Airborne & Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville Nc

  • 29 MAY-2 JUN: Veterans Warrior Week, Va Beach Boardwalk

  • 20-28 JUN: DOD Warrior Games, Tampa Fl

  • 3-19 JUL: National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Va

  • 20 JUL: Bone Frog DC Challenge, Washington DC

  • 9-16 AUG: Hunter Mcguire VA, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd, Richmond VA 23249

  • 8 SEP: Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run, Richmond Va/ 1000 Semmes Ave. 11am-5pm

  • 9-12 SEP: Virginia war memorial, Richmond Va

  • 14 SEP: Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd. Alexandria Va. 22308  8am-1230pm

  • 22 SEP: Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes run, Annapolis, Md. Navy Marine Corps memorial stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, Md 21401 10am-4pm

  • 28-29 SEP: Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes run, Doylestown Pa Rt202 and Memorial Dr. intersection Doylestown, Pa 18901

  • 5 OCT: Veterans Event, 2540 Boston Rd. Wilbraham, Ma 02538  10am-3pm

  • 11-12 OCT: Army Ten-Miler, DC Armory, 2001 E Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003. 830am-6pm both days

  • 19 OCT: Salem VA 85th Anniversary Vets event, 1970 Roanoke Blvd Salem, Va 24153  9am-3pm

  • 26-27 OCT: Marine Corp Marathon, Pentagon North parking lot, Arlington, Va. 22202. 26 OCT 8am-1pm MCM kids run, 27 OCT 6am-1pm MCM run  

  • 1-2 NOV: APK charities Honor the Fallen 5K, Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Ln, Guilford, Ct 06437

  • 4-5 NOV: Weymouth 400, Weymouth Legion Field, Commercial St and Middle St. Weymouth Ma. 02189 4 Nov 4-11pm, 5 Nov 8am-9pm

  • 8-9 NOV: Checkpoint One event, 13191 Dawn blvd, Doswell, Va 23047 8am-430pm everyday

  • 10-11 NOV: Independence Veterans Event, Independence Golf Club 600 Founders Bridge Blvd Midlothian, Va 23113                            10 Nov 3-8pm  11 Nov 8am-4m

  • 21-24 NOV: New England Patriots Salute The Troops Week, 1 Patriot Pl. Foxborough, MA 02035

If interested in hosting the Memorial Flag, please fill out our request form and return to 

On display at Virginia War Memorial SEP 18

Hampton Roads Gold Star Mothers OCT 18

On display at Tavis Manion 9-11 Heroes Run 2018

This Memorial was internally funded through VAU veterans, built by veteran/active duty volunteers and caring professionals from military families. 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 (click this link to view)! 


If interested in being apart of our memorial travel committee please fill out a volunteer application and we will contact you with details.

We hope our small memorial project will have a major impact on many visitors Nationwide. For more information on the memorial and where it will travel please see our  Facebook page "VAU Veterans and Athletes United".  During the times it is headquartered at our veterans retreat we will accept visitation requests for small groups, schools, ROTC departments and others (weekdays 11am-1pm). If you are a veteran please RSVP to come out to one our regular retreat events if interested. 

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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