A Muskogee Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper protected the United States Honor Flag as it traveled from Checotah to Arkansas.
“I’m nervous and excited,” said Trooper Anthony Thompson.
Thompson is also a member of the OHP Honor Guard.
“This is humbling to be a part of today (Friday),” said Thompson. “The Honor Flag is a symbol of our freedom, it’s a symbol of America and it’s a symbol of what we stand for. It’s the pride of being associated with something greater than ourselves.”
The U.S. Honor Flag was hung over Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. Since then it has visited thousands of funeral and memorial services for those who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s protection.
“It is a national treasure,” said the president and co-founder of the U.S. Honor Flag Chris Heisler. “It means so much, these officers, you’ll see how they handle the flag. It’s done with such pristine reverence, there is nothing like it.”
The Honor Flag has traveled around the world 215 times, it was on the final space shuttle mission, it has been four Super Bowls and schools. It has traveled more than six million miles.
“People get very emotional and fill with a sense of patriotism and pride when they are near it,” said Heisler. “I often tell folks, I manufacture goose bumps; that’s my job, and when we do it we share the history of what this flag means.”
Trooper Thompson will escort a motorcade for Heisler, with his special truck he drives with the Honor Flag safely inside, to the Arkansas state line where another ceremony reception will happen to transfer the Honor Flag to the Arkansas state troopers.
You can follow where the Honor Flag is by clicking on this website: http://www.ushonorflag.org/