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Honor and Remember Texas opens Jasper Office

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A single flame set in the center of gold star, boarded by red, white and blue, represents the memory of   soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The Honor and Remember flag is a symbol of gratitude and respect to those who fought and gave their all for our nation's freedom.

"It's something you pay for, at least a lot of families have, you and I haven't," said Roy James, TX State Director, Honor and Remember.

The Honor and Remember organization was founded in 2008, the Texas chapter was established in 2011, last Thursday they opened the state headquarters in Jasper.

 "Jasper embraces the patriotic notion that we're American and we know where our freedom comes from," said James.

The red, white and blue building also serves as a veteran resource center and Vietnam veteran Allan Duquette says it's essential for veteran to have a place to call their own.

 "To get together with people who understand is important, I run into veterans all the time they will tell me stuff they won't tell their own families," said Duquette.

 Since forming in Texas in 2011 the Honor and Remember organization has presented over 2,200 flags to the families of fallen soldiers.

 "We place the rank, the name of the soldier, the day they fell and where they fell, whether it be Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Germany, Japan wherever," said James.

During Vietnam Duquette served as a helicopter pilot and he says the one of the toughest things about being a veteran is being forgotten.

 "I lost two friends, three of us went into the military, I'm the only one who came back. I still remember them I would like other people to remember their sacrifice," said Duquette.

Officials hope that having a focal point for the organization will people of their responsibility.

"To pick up the torch and to make certain we are worthy of that freedom and liberty that's been given to us at such a high cost," said James.

For more information on the organization visit http://www.honorandremember.org/

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