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A man went to a flea market with his wife in Hemphill, Texas. The man wanted to buy a holster for his wife’s new Walter P22 pistol.
Walter Brown and his wife Lanie found a pile of flags while looking for a holster for their pistol.
Walter discovered an old $5 flag covered in writing. He said to his wife, “come look at this.”
And, the couple began to read. The words written on the white stripes were for a fallen lance corporal.
One of the messages read: “Fred, you were a good Marine and we will always remember you,” whilst another read: “Hey CHEEKS, wherever you are, make sure you watch over us.”
It turned out that it was a “tribute flag”. The flag was for a 20-year-old Marine, Fred Lee Maciel who was killed in Iraq in 2005.
The couple tracked down Fred’s mother, Patsy and told her that they had something for her.
“Patsy, our family feels so honored to have been chosen to find this flag. Thank you for sharing this piece of your boy with us” Lanie told Fred’s mother while handing over the tribute flag.
Fred was one of 31 American servicemen who was killed in a crash. The tribute flag didn’t arrive at her house.
“It’ll be with me ’til I die. It was a simple twist of fate it wasn’t someone else finding a flag meant for me and my husband. This is a piece of my son I’m getting back. It’s a great feeling” Fred’s mother said.
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