STAFFORD – At short tracks around the country drivers are looking to fill the panels of their cars with supporters to help make their teams go financially week after week.
At Stafford Motor Speedway, driver Johnny Walker is using the hood of his car in hopes of bringing in support for another group away from racing.
Since the start of July Walker has been flying the Honor and Remember logo across his hood.
Walker, of Ludlow, Mass., met a representative from the Massachusetts chapter of Honor and Remember during a fund raising event for driver Stan Mertz in June and decided it was cause he wanted to support.
According to the Honor and Remember website, the mission of the group is: “To create, establish and promote a nationally recognized flag that would fly continuously as a visible reminder to all Americans of the lives lost in defense of our national freedoms. All Military lives lost not only in action but also in service, from our nation’s inception.”
“It’s a foundation that raises money to give the families of soldiers that were killed, to buy them flags that are personalized with the soldiers’ names and dates and what war they died in,” Walker said.
The Honor and Remember flag was conceived by George Lutz after his son George Lutz II was killed on December 29, 2005 while on patrol in Fallujah, Irag.
According to the Honor and Remember website:
“In the months that followed Tony’s funeral, his father, George, visited other families who had lost loved ones in the Iraq war. He began to sense that he had joined the ranks of a unique fellowship. These families were only the latest additions to a group that originated with the American Revolution, when the first soldiers to shed their blood for our freedom gave their lives.
“George found another commonality among the families of fallen soldiers. After their grief had transitioned to numbness and finally to acceptance, many families wanted to know two things: their sacrifice was not in vain and the nation would never forget. These concerns led George on a quest to discover if there was a universally recognized symbol that specifically acknowledges the American service men and women who never made it home. To his surprise, he found nothing. Thus the Honor and Remember Flag was conceived.”
Walker said he will try to help the rest of the season doing promotional events in support of the foundation. Walker said he has been asked to be part of the Chicopee Day parade during the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass. in September. The Massachusetts chapter of Honor and Remember is based in Chicopee.
“The guys involved are just all really great guys and they’re so excited that we’re doing this and I’m glad that we can help,” Walker said. “I want to do whatever we can.”
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