Tribute run has coincidental stop in Gloucester
When Janice and Bill Whorton saw a man in front of their Glenns home earlier this spring, they thought he was a potential customer for one of Bill’s homemade rain barrels. He displays his rain catchers for sale in his yard, which fronts Route 17. Instead of finding a customer, the Whortons were reunited with George Lutz, whose son, Cpl. George Lutz II, was also killed in Iraq in 2005.
In 2008, Lutz began a campaign called Honor and Remember to promote a new national flag honoring those who died in military service to America. That year, Lutz had given the Whortons, who lived in Norfolk at the time, one of the first personalized Honor and Remember flags he distributed to families of the fallen as part of his campaign.
This year, Honor and Remember partnered with the Virginia Run for the Fallen to honor Virginia soldiers who died in the line of duty. The run traveled from Fort Story in Virginia Beach to Arlington National Cemetery over four days, with stops every mile remembering a fallen soldier with a flag and a biographical card.