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Tribute to fallen Marine given to family after 9 years

Tribute To Fallen Marine Given To Family After 9 Years

The story of a fallen Marine's mother being reunited with her son's tribute flag is picking up steam.

As KPRC reports, a family in Hemphill, Texas found a flag at a flea market, and realized it was a tribute flag to a fallen marine.

According to KTRK the flag was covered in messages of support for Patsy Maciel's son Fred, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

KHOU reports the buyers of the flag, found Maciel through Facebook, and reached out to her to return the flag.



The story quickly spread on the internet before making it to national TV with The Today Show running the story on Sunday.

It's still not clear exactly how the flag ended up at the flea market but the KPRC reporter who worked on the story posted on Twitter that she heard the flea market's owner got the flag at an estate sale.

If this story sounds familiar, it's because using social media to reunite owners with lost items isn't uncommon.

A quick look around the internet shows they seem to pop up all the time. (Via Daily Mail, Yahoo, The Huffington Post)

In fact, stories of Facebook-enabled reunions are so not uncommon, Buzzfeed even put together a compilation of reunion stories.

From The Odyssey, thousands of years ago, to popular movies like Homeward Bound, people just seem to like hearing stories other people overcoming the odds to find their way home. (Via Jastrow / Public Domain, Buena Vista Pictures / 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey')

Maciel was reunited with the flag, which she called a part of her son, on Saturday at the cemetery where he is buried.

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ladycict July 27 2014 at 9:24 PM

Condolences to the Maciel family and a posthumus thank you for your excellent service fellow countryman. And a heart felt thank you for returning the flag that meant so much to the Maciel family. Never doubt that there is still love and patriotism in our country.

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nnorthcharleston July 27 2014 at 8:21 PM

good job

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houcasey July 28 2014 at 7:14 AM

They haven't explained how the flag ended up at a Flea Market. Was it stolen? Did the mother discard it and then have a change of heart? Strange story.

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vivianlwood July 28 2014 at 8:12 AM

Somebody in tha family had to have put it in the estate sale in the first place.

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yannaro July 27 2014 at 7:47 PM

Touching story. I'm sure the family is grateful to have received the flag. But, isn't it illegal to deface the flag?

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Mary Ann July 27 2014 at 9:17 PM

Democrats and Sentors dont care about our service people .THNK GOD SOME OF OUR AMERICAN CITIZENS STILL LOVE OUR COUNTRY

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gina0318 Mary Ann July 27 2014 at 11:42 PM

ridiculous comment! You don't have any business speaking for all Democrats, Senators, Republicans, or any other group of people.

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REDTAG gina0318 July 28 2014 at 2:48 AM

gina.And who the hell do you think you are?

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PERFORATOR July 28 2014 at 8:05 AM

Meanwhile, another of our Nation's sons, a United States Marine, sits in a Mexican jail and obama refuses to lift a finger to help him.

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SlapMeSilly PERFORATOR July 28 2014 at 9:05 AM

that's because he is in jail, not a POW. He will have a day in court and then could be freed if found not guilty. He broke the law by taking weapons that are illegal to own in Mexico across the border. If a Mexican citizen were caught bringing weapons across the border illegally then they would go to jail too. Has nothing to do with this story. But since he is in JAIL you can go visit him during visiting hours if you want.

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