The ASOM To Host GWOT Memorial Flag Exhibit

On Memorial Day 2018, the Veterans Athletes United (VAU) group completed the traveling Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Flag to honor close to 7,000 GWOT fallen heroes and Gold Star Families. This moving exhibit will be on display in the temporary gallery at the ASOM from October 13- December 27.  The purpose of this exhibit is to raise awareness of the sacrifice paid by our nation’s heroes. 


The GWOT Memorial Flag is 28 feet wide and 6 feet tall. The design symbolizes the shape of a flag when draped on a fallen service member’s casket. Approximately 7,000 dog tags form the flag, all belonging to those who were killed during the War on Terror. Additionally, there are 50 gold stars honoring all Gold Star Families nationwide. Displayed in front of the flag is a battle field cross sculpted from mahogany wood by female veteran artist Alicia Dietz.Tags are in alphabetical order ranging from September 11, 2001 to December 31, 2019; thereafter the tags are in chronological order of the date Killed in Action (KIA).