Woman buys American flag at flee market for $5. The price was marked down because the flag had 'writing on it.' The woman quickly realized that the writing was to a fallen marine.Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel, was killed in Iraq in a helicopter crash in Fallujah. It was his tribute flag.
KPRC - Tucked away in the corner at a flea market in Hemphill, Texas, about a 170 miles away from Houston, Lanie and Walter Brown found a flag with writing on it.
There are about two dozen messages written on it. One said, "We'll always remember the sacrifice you made," and another read, "Thank you for being who you were...Rest in peace."
"We realized it was a flag intended for a fallen Marine," said Lanie Brown. "We knew we had to take it home with us."
The Browns knew it was a tribute flag and from the messages on it, they could tell the fallen Marine's name was Lance Cpl. Fred Maciel. They used the Internet to search for his family, and thanks to Facebook, they located his mother near Houston. The Browns live near Beaumont, about two hours away.
The woman who bought the flag at the flee market found the mother of the fallen Marine through social media. They interview the mom in the video below