SALT LAKE CITY – The U.S. Honor Flag is in Utah to be at the side of a fallen police officer.
Ogden Police Officer Nathan Lyday was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call last week.
The Honor Flag is flown around the country to memorials of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“We came here because we know honoring your hero is one of the most important things that we can do,” said Chris Heisler, the founder of the U.S. Honor Flag organization. “Here’s a man that selflessly gave his life for his community and his country. This single flag represents that sacrifice. It represents the honor on his badge, the loyalty and the dignity this man served.”
Heisler accompanied the flag on its journey from Orlando, Fla. to Salt Lake City. At the airport, it was handed off to members of the Ogden Police Department.
Heisler is devoted to this cause, making it a personal mission to honor those who have died while serving. Sadly, he realizes this journey will not be the flag’s last.
“This flag has flown over millions and millions of miles. The same exact flag,” Heisler said. “That flag means so much. Each mile that we travel is a milestone. Each hero that we honor is a milestone. That slogan ‘never forget’ is a lifestyle for us.”
The Honor Flag will remain in Ogden until the conclusion of Officer Lyday’s funeral on Saturday.