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The U.S. Honor Flag
September 14, 2014

The United States Honor Flag has been at another memorial.

The Flag was most recently part of a ceremony to honor the service and memory of a Kansas Police officer, Corporal Jason Harwood, who was killed in the line of duty. The Topeka Police Department honor guard also carried the Honor Flag in 2012, at the funeral of two other officers killed in the line of duty.

The Honor Flag is a special U.S. Flag that has helped pay tribute to men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty, starting with the thousands who died on September 11, 2001. The flag was a gift from the Texas House of Representatives to Army veteran Chris Heisler, who took the flag to Ground Zero in the days after the September 11 attacks, along the way assisting with one of the longest police motorcades in American history.

Since that time, the Honor Flag has appeared primarily at funerals for members of law enforcement and the armed forces all over the U.S. but also at the U.S. Capitol and several state capitols, national and state memorials, at veterans hospitals and presidential libraries, and even aboard the USS Lexington. In all, Heisler reported, the Honor Flag had traveled about 7 million miles.

Heisler said that each time the Honor Flag is handled, the people handling it wear a new pair of white gloves, which are then given to the family of the person being honored.

Heisler himself delivered the Honor Flag to the Topeka honor guard, making the trip from Texas to Kansas with an armed guard. Heisler said that he had received threats against the Honor Flag in recent years and that he had six microchips sewn into the seams of the flag as a way of tracking it should it be taken.

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