DALLAS (KRLD) — Chris Heisler, who founded the U.S. Honor Flag Association, is responding to a story in the Dallas Morning News that questions the origin of the famous Honor Flag.

The flag, which Heisler said was gifted by the Texas House of Representatives shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, is used to pay “tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting our lives, our homes and our country, and also those who currently serve our communities and our nation.”

The DMN story alleges that the flag likely didn’t fly above the Texas State Capitol on the day of the September 11 attacks — as the organization claims.

“Well I kind of question their intent. The flag is what it is,” said Heisler to KRLD’s Mitch Carr. “This is not something that we planned back in 2001. We didn’t ask for documents or certificates or who specifically sent the flag. The flag was part of the story then. The story back in 2001 was the survivors and the families and the heroes. It was not about the flag.”

Heisler recently brought the U.S. Honor Flag to Kaufman County to memorialize Kaufman County DA Mike McLelland and his wife, Cynthia. The two were found shot to death in their home on March 30.

Heisler, however, became increasingly involved in the case, speaking on behalf of the family, criticizing law enforcement, and attempting to raise additional reward money.

As the criticism brought widespread attention and authorities responded, the family of the victims cut ties with Heisler, saying simply, “Your services are no longer needed.”

You can find out more about the U.S Honor Flag Association here.

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