Flag of Honor Flying in Odessa

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

The Stars and Stripes hang high above but this symbol is not an ordinary American flag.

"It's just a reminder that the guys are gone so we've shed a few tears, but it's a way to honor them, and that more than anything is what's important," Captain Chuck Moad with the Odessa Police Department, said.

It's the flag of honor flown during memorials for our troops, police officers and firefighters who put their lives on the line and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Now it's here in special honor for our fallen heroes right here at home.

"It's just hard to imagine not being there, it's going to be tough," Moad said.

The flag has flown over Ground Zero in New York, Iraq, Afghanistan and recently over our state capital in remembrance of the September 11th attacks.

"We felt like it was a good honor, but our officers will forever be a part of that history of that flag," Moad said.

The national flag of honor was picked up first thing Thursday morning packed in a suitcase with tight security.  Now it's flying outside the building where the brothers in badges once served and protected this community, before making its way to Miami to honor their recent loss of an officer killed in the line of duty.

"We're taking steps right now, being able to lay them to rest helped a little bit, and we're having counseling going on with our guys and I think we're preparing to turn a corner, I think Monday will be the start of a new week and we'll really have the chance to look ahead it's been kind of a dark tunnel, and I think now maybe we can start to walk towards the end of that tunnel and move on from there," Moad said.