On Memorial Day 2018, VAU completed our 1st 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.
We completed a 2nd memorial flag in August of 2022. It is stationed in the St Louis area and travels to central and western locations 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.
DoD's list of names used for this memorial
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.
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.
HOST THE MEMORIAL
Please read and fill out the host application form. Email the form back to us along with any questions. We look forward to working with you to honor our fallen heroes.
2023 Fallen Heroes Memorial Travel Schedule
9-30 June: First United Methodist Church memorial event- Brookville, PA
1-5 July: Zelienople Historical Society- Zelienople, Pa
9-30 July: Patriot Park- Stoystown, PA
2-6 Aug: Operation Vet Now event- Greensburg, PA
10-13 Aug: American Legion Post 62 memorial event- Crazy Horse Marina,- Moneta, VA
28 Aug: American Legion Post 186 memorial event- Brandermill Country Club, Midlothian VA
8-9 Sep: Fallen Heroes Run- Williams Standium Ft Gregg-Adams, VA
22-24 Sep: Tunnel to Towers Memorial 5k, The Conrad Hotel, NYC
29-30 Sep: WBF American Heroes Day- Blackstone, VA
13-15 Oct: Railroad Festival- Main St. downtown Appomattox, VA
23 Oct: Huguenot Trail Rotary Event - Richmond VA
10-11 Nov: Mission BBQ 12630 Stone Village Way, Midlothian, VA
9 Dec: Army-Navy Football Game- Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Ma
25 Feb - 8 April: Missouri's national veterans memorial - 1172 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Perryville, MO 63775
28-30 April: Memorial Event- Huntingburg, IN 47542
26-29 May: America Legion 75 memorial event - 22 S. 2nd St. Geneva IL 60134
3-5 July: Heritage and Freedom Festival- O'Fallon, Missouri
4-6 Aug: Veterans Commission Salute to Veterans- Outside Village Hall Orland Park, IL
11-13 Aug: 168th IN BN memorial event- Mid-American Center, 1 Arena Way Council Bluffs, IA
11-13 Sep: NFDC 9/11 Memorial Event, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV
15-17 Sep: VFW Memorial Event- Tulsa, OK
23 Dec: Lockheed Martin Armed Forces bowl, 2850 Stadium Rd. Fort Worth, TX