Fallen Marine’s flag heads home

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HOUSTON, Texas (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.

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