News

Couple Buys Tribute Flag For Fallen Marine For $5, Gives It Back To Family

View Comments
A Marine salutes a fallen comrade.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A Marine salutes a fallen comrade. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Featured Items

77820352_8Hot Cheerleader - Funny Faces 2014

Small-WttJersey Ads Are Coming

Small-WttWatch: Are You Smarter Than A 6-10?

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_815 Things Men Think About During Sex

77820352_8Quiz: How Long Would You Actually Survive In A Horror Movie?

2835932 Couple Buys Tribute Flag For Fallen Marine For $5, Gives It Back To FamilyTexas Beef Re-Called

77820352_8The Sexiest Halloween Costumes

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

HEMPHILL, Texas (CBS Houston) – In 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel died in Iraq. His fellow Marines wrote messages on an American flag as a tribute to their fallen comrade. But the flag somehow never made it back to his family.

It ended up at a flea market in Hemphill, where Lanie Brown and her husband Brown saw it. They immediately recognized its importance.

“We realized it was a flag intended for a fallen Marine,” Lanie Brown told KPRC-TV. “We knew we had to take it home with us.”

About two dozen messages were written on the flag, including “We’ll always remember the sacrifice you made,” and “Thank you for being who you were…Rest in peace.”

Lanie Brown says they asked the seller about the price. “She said because it had writing on it we could have it for $5,” she said. “We’d have paid whatever she asked for it. It’s priceless.”

The Browns told the station they searched the Internet for Maciel’s family, and contacted the Marine’s mother.

“I never knew it existed and here is this flag, in a flea market over two hours away from me,” Patsy Maciel said. “Nobody knows how it got there.”

They will all meet in person at Maciel’s gravesite on Saturday in Humble, when the Marine’s mother will finally get the tribute flag.

“I can’t wait to read what they wrote,” said Maciel. That’s my son and I’m proud of my son.”

The Browns raised a son and have a son-in-law who served in the Marines. Their son-in-law’s tour in Iraq coincided with Maciel’s, though the two never met.

“When you’re a Marine mom or Marine dad, all other Marine moms and dads are your brothers and sisters, and all Marine kids are your kids, too,” said Brown.

Patsy Maciel told KPRC-TV that it will be like a part of her son is coming home.

(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,179 other followers