Flying a Special Flag to Honor Fallen Heroes Heads to Senate

FRANKFORT, Ky — A measure designating the national Honor and Remember Flag as the State’s emblem for fallen servicemen and women easily cleared the Kentucky House of Representatives on Friday.

House Bill 17, sponsored by Rep. Ed Massey, R-Hebron, requires the Honor and Remember Flag be flown at several state-owned locations on certain days of the year.

The Honor and Remember Flag is a national symbol of appreciation recognizing the sacrifice of generations of fallen heroes and families. It honors families who have lost someone as a result of combat, or issues related to combat like PTSD or suicide.

“It is not to supplant the American Flag which is our flag and will always be our flag,” Massey said. “It is simply meant to fly and honor and remembrance of those who given an ultimate sacrifice whether they be a mother, a father, a brother, a sister, a son or, a daughter.”

The flag will be flown on:

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day
  • National POW-MIA Recognition Day, the third Friday in September
  • Veterans Day
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day, the last Sunday in September
  • A day on which a member of the United States Armed Forces who is a resident of the state loses his or her life in the line of duty

The House also passed House Bill 14, which will create tuition benefits for spouses and children of emergency personnel who are killed in the line of duty.

Currently, only spouses and children of police and firefighters who die in the line of duty receive free tuition at public universities.

“It’s time we right this omission, put our EMS people here and say we’re gonna stand behind you, you’ve got our backs during emergencies, we’ve got your back,” Bill Sponsor Rep. Rob Rothenburger, R-Shelbyville, said.

Under the bill family members would receive up to 128 hours of free undergraduate instruction at state universities.

Both measures passed unanimously and now head to the Senate.