- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - About 200 relatives of Nebraska and Iowa service members will be honored during a day of public and private events.

The Gold Star families will be guests of the Honor and Remember Nebraska Chapter at a private commemorative dinner on Saturday, the Omaha World-Herald (https://bit.ly/2qSDb45 ) reported.

Chapter President Jim Meier said the families will then be bused to TD Ameritrade Park for the seventh annual Families of the Fallen Walk, where they’ll march into the stadium before the beginning of the Creighton-McNeese State baseball game.

After the game, the names of the service members who died in Iraq and Afghanistan fighting will display on the stadium’s jumbo screen.

George Lutz said he started Honor and Remember and began distributing flags to Gold Star families to tell them their sacrifice is remembered. The flag, which is red and white with a blue-edged gold star in the center, commemorates the sacrifice of people like his son, Cpl. George Lutz II, who was killed in Iraq.

One of the guests receiving a flag will be Omaha Police Detective Tom McCaslin, whose namesake uncle, Staff Sgt. Thomas McCaslin, went missing while fighting in World War II.

“I think it’s great,” Tom McCaslin said of the commemoration. “I’m looking forward to meeting some of these other Gold Star family members.”

Meier has also offered free tickets to the baseball game for those who would like to honor gold Star families and remember fallen soldiers like Staff Sgt. McCaslin, who was an acclaimed amateur baseball player in Omaha before joining the Army.

“It’s such a small thing to be present for those who have given so much,” Meier said.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com

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