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 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.

The DOD Global War on Terror DMDC Casualty List the names of the fallen heroes and to the our memorial.


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VAU Fallen Heroes 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 disassembled into eight sections and travel Nationwide. When 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.

 2020 Fallen Heroes Memorial Travel Locations

  • 7-9 FEB: Paralyzed Veterans of America Code of Honor - The Saint James 6805 Industrial Road Springfield, VA 22151

  • 2-6 Mar: MacDill AFB Tampa, FL - located at community park near the Bayshore Blvd Gate 

  • 20 MAR: Monument Terrace Troop Rally - 313 9th St Lynchburg, VA 6am-4pm

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 18 APR: Patriot Day 5k - 166 Boulder Dr. Fitchburg, MA 9am-1pm


  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 30 APR-2 May: History of the Heartland and Decatur Public Library Decatur, IL.

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 9 MAY: Fort Lee Virginia Run For The Fallen 

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 11-14 May: SOFIC Convention - Tampa Convention Center 333 S. Franklin St. Tampa, Fl

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 16-20 MAY: Special Operations - Gold Star  Families Airborne & Special Operations Museum    Fayetteville, NC​

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date)  21-27 May: Ground Zero, NYC 

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 28-31 MAY: Veterans Warrior Week - Va Beach Boardwalk

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 6-7 Jun: KIA Memorial Road March Aurora, NY

  • (Canceled pending reschedule date) 12-14 Jun: Johnny Ro Veterans Memorial event St. Leominster, MA

  • 2-3 JUL:  Drakes Creek Park - Hendersonville, TN

  • (Pending) 14-19 Jul: Vets Bike Ride - Erie, PA

  • 28 AUG-2 SEP: Mansfield Field of Honor - Mansfield, MA

  • 11-13 SEP: Ft Lee Fallen Heroes Run

  • 27 SEP: Country Club of Virginia 709 S. Gaskins Rd, Richmond Va

  • Oct-Dec: Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC


If interested in hosting the Fallen Heroes Memorial, please complete the request form and email it to 

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 traveling memorial 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