On Memorial Day 2018, VAU completed the 1st rendition of our traveling Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Flag. It is our way of honoring over 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.
A second rendition of the memorial flag will be completed May 2022 and will be designated to travel in central and Western areas of the US.
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 over 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 battlefield cross sculpted from mahogany wood by veteran artist Alicia Dietz.
Tags are in alphabetical order ranging from 11SEPT 2001 to 31 Dec 2017; 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 more information, to locate names:
Memorial travel video
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.
2022 Fallen Heroes Memorial Travel Locations
25 Mar-1 Apr: Monument Terrace Troop Rally - 313 9th St Lynchburg, VA
12-15 May: American Legion Post 16 Shelton, CT
16-21 May: ENR Memorial Veterans Hospital, Bedford, MA
22 May: Boston Wounded Veteran Run, Anthonys of Malden, MA
24-26 May: NC AMvets Event, Riverfalls Park 100 Rockfish Rd, Weldon, NC
29-30 May: National Mall Lincoln Memorial steps, Washington DC
2-5 Jun: USO Experience VB- Boardwalk at 17th St intersection, Virginia Beach, VA
10-14 Jun: Field of Honor- Village Meadow- 3920 Marion Harland Lane, Powhatan, VA
18-19 June: Napoleon Harley-Davidson memorial event, Napoleon, OH
26 June: Task Force 20 memorial event, Whitehouse, OH
30 Jun-20 Jul: Patriot Park Foundation, Stoystown, PA
22-24 July: Veteran and Gold Star Family Appreciation Event- Pocono Speedway, PA
29 Jul-4 Aug: Edinboro-McKean VFW Post 740, Eidinboro, PA
6 Aug: Navy Seal Hudson Memorial Swim, World trade Center, NYC
7-14 Aug: Mansfield Field Of Honor, Mansfield, MA
14-22 Aug: Weymouth Event, Weymouth, MA
27 Aug: Rolling Thunder Ohio CH 10, Piqua, OH
4-5 Sep: Field of Honor, Forest, VA
10 Sep: Ft Lee Fallen Heroes 5k, Ft Lee, VA
18 Sep: Travis Manion 5k Richmond, VA
24-26 Sep: Tunnel to Towers Memorial 5k, World Trade Center, NYC
(Pending) 8-10 Oct: Railroad Festival- Main St. downtown Appomattox, VA
2-6 Nov: Memorial Event, 94 Tondall Rd. Middletown, NJ
11 Nov: Veterans Day Event, Fitchburg, MA
17 Nov: Fox Patriot Awards, Holywood, FL
9-11 Dec: Army-Navy Football Game- Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
(Pending) 17 Dec: Wreaths Across America Ceremony- Crystal Gateway Marriott, DC
24-29 Aug: St. Charles County Veterans Museum, 1410 East St O"Fallon, Missouri
8-12 Sep: Kansas Speedway Nascar event, 400 Speedway boulevard Kansas City, KA
22-24 Oct: Preble County Veterans Event, 101 E. Main St Eaton, OH
(Pending dates): Eastland County Museum 107 S Lamar, Eastland TX
(Pending dates): VFW post 6368 , 8584 Olde 8 rd, Northfield, OH
20-23: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces bowl, 2850 Stadium Rd. Fort Worth, TX
(Pending dates): State Fair, Tulsa OK
(Pending dates): Phoenix Veterans Day parade, Phoenix, AZ