Signed flag makes its way to fallen Marine's mom more than 9 years later

When Lance Corporal Fred Maciel died in 2005 in Iraq, his fellow Marines signed a flag as a tribute that was supposed to be given to his family, but somehow it got lost. 

However, thanks to a Texas couple more than nine years later, the flag finally made it home.

His mother wasn't expecting a ceremony or a salute from dozens of strangers.

It was lost until Walter Brown found it at flea market in Hemphill, Texas.

"The lady just said it's $5. She said it has been written on, you know that. I said that's ok, i'll go ahead and buy it," Brown said.

With his own son being a Marine, Brown read the messages and knew he had to get it home.

"It's a lot deeper than just putting it in the mailbox and shipping it over. It had to be hand delivered," Brown said.

The Brown family tracked down Patsy Maciel and Walter's wife personally put the flag into her arms.

"I got peace in my heart, you know, I'm happy. This is all for my son. Nobody forgot my son," Maciel said.

So where was that flag all this time?

Nobody knows. The flea market where they found it buys items from abandoned mini-storage units.

They're thinking it might have ended up forgotten in one of those units.


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