Personalizing Flag Day
Some U.S. flags are engulfed with the glue of many untold stories. One flag residing in Eureka has connections to Baghdad.
During the build-up for the Desert Storm attack on Iraq, one of my cousin's sons was a U.S. Marine colonel in charge of building a city in Kuwait to house the Marine forces that made the ground assault. So I began to electronically correspond with him.
Imagine a good old Missouri son, who loved the green grass of home, suddenly being shown an expanse of wind-blown sand and dust by an admiral and told, "Colonel Mater, build it here."
During that period, we wrote about baling hay and whatever came up, and it seemed to help keep him geared up to get a great job done. After the assault, he and some South Korean Marines went to Baghdad, and liberated a castle or two. The result was that I received a very special U.S. flag. When Dan returned home, he presented me some nice pictures of the camp and the castles, along with a beautifully folded U.S. flag, with the dust of Kuwait still visible.
As long as I am alive, the flag will never see my flag pole, but remain in its place of honor in my home.
So, happy Flag Day to you! That is my flag-related story. I did bring a Japanese WWII flag back from the Pacific in 1946, but that is a different story.