About the Project
HONOR our Fallen Heroes, who raised their hand to serve,
and made the ultimate sacrifice after answering our nation’s call.
SUPPORT the families of our Fallen Heroes for their enduring sacrifice.
ENGAGE our communities in remembering those who gave their all for our freedoms.
We are forever grateful and committed to their memory.
The WA State Fallen Heroes Project began in 2007 when Kim Cole's son, Marine Corporal Darrel Morris, was killed in Iraq. Wanting to be sure he would never be forgotten, she had a large banner made with his name and picture and took it to an event for surviving families. Other survivors loved the idea, and soon Kim was taking orders for banners for their Heroes too. After having quite a few made, her very supportive husband asked her just how many more she planned to do, wondering if he needed to start working overtime to pay for them. So, after having a conversation about the math, Kim felt maybe she better reach out and try and bring some community partners on board, and the VFW Auxiliary of Washington State willingly answered the call.
They were the first of many community partners who have come on board in support, and the Project now has over 350 banners of post 9/11 Fallen Heroes from the Pacific Northwest who died in service or as a result of their service. They are carried in parades and posted at businesses and events across the state.
The WA State Fallen Heroes Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit with EIN 46-2481053. We are volunteer and community supported, and so thankful to Kim and the founding families of Fallen Heroes who set the framework to make sure those who raise their hand to serve are honored, and those who die as a result of that service will ALWAYS be remembered.