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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

To see these heroes and learn more about them:

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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.


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.  



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.



2024 Fallen Heroes Memorial Travel Schedule 

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​14-22 March: Monument Terrace - Lynchburg, Va

30 March: Laps to Honor, Byrd Park - Richmond, Va


5-7 April: Coast Guard Marathon - Elizabeth City, NC

8 April-1 May: Airborne Special Operations Museum- Fayetteville, NC


4 May: American Legion Post 354 Blue Grass Festival - Richmond, VA


18 May: South Richmond Rotary Event- Richmond, VA 

19-23 May : ASOM Gold star family event - Fayetteville, NC

24-27 May : Lincoln monument Memorial Day weekend - Washington DC

30 May - 2 June: Warriors Week - Virginia Beach, VA 

8 June: Legacy Ruck Event, Virginia War Memorial - Richmond, VA

14-16 June: Flags of Honor - Powhatan, VA

21-24 June: American Legion Post 801 - Roscoe, PA

2-25 July: Marine Corps Museum - Quantico, VA

2 Aug: American Legion Post 354 Event - Richmond, VA

10-16 Aug: Soldiers Reunion Event - Newton, NC

(Pending) 7 Sept: Travis Manion 5K - Richmond, VA

14 Sept: Ft Gregg-Adams Run for the Fallen, Petersburg, VA

25-29 Sept: Tunnel to Towers, NYC

12 Oct: Rail Road Festival - Appomattox, VA

18 Oct: Huguenot Trail Rotary Event - Powhatan VA

10-11 Nov : Gold star memorial event - Orangeburg, SC

14 December - Army/Navy Football Game - Washington, D.C.


4-5 May:  American Legion - Harrison, OH

9 May: Ameriprise Financial Memorial Event - Springfield, MO

24-27 May: American Legion Post 75 Memorial event - Geneva, IL

31 May-4 June: Tinley Park Memorial Event - Tinley Park, IL

13-16 June: Memorial event - Eaton, OH

24 Aug: Honor and Remember run, Huntingburg, IN

1-8 Sep : St. Charles County Veterans museum - MO

(Pending)11-18 Sept: USAA event - Phoenix, AZ

20 - 21 September: Broken Arrow Memorial Event - Broken Arrow, PA

(Pending) 25-26 Oct: Ohio University Memorial event - Athens, OH

2 November: Mineral Wells Memorial Event - Mineral Wells, TX 

7 Nov: Cyntheanne Church memorial event - Fishers, IN

10 -13 November: Town of Billerica Memorial Event - Billerica, MA

MEmorial press

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Iraq War veteran‘s breathtaking tribute to the fallen: ‘It’s truly amazing’


AMAzing grace

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