August 6th, 2014
10:02 AM ET

There's More to This Flag Than What Meets the Eye

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a marked down flag at a flea market has more value than one could ever suspect. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Nearly ten years ago, U.S. Marine Fred Maciel was killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq.

His surviving brothers-in-arms signed an American flag in tribute to him.

But then, the flag disappeared.

No one knew if it found its way home, and his family didn't even know it existed.

But last month, while a couple was shopping at a Texas flea market, they spotted the flag.

It was something that looked too special to be there, though the flag had been marked down because it had writing on it.

Walter Brown, whose son is a Marine, immediately recognized the flag's significance, and used the messages on it, and social media, to determine its owner.

"We realized it was a flag intended for a fallen Marine," Lanie Brown, Walter's wife, said. "We knew we had to take it home with us."

Then, in a special ceremony, the flag finally found its way home to Maciel's mother, Patsy.

There are about two dozen messages written on the flag.

One said, "We'll always remember the sacrifice you made," and another read, "Thank you for being who you were...Rest in peace."

See the full story at CNN affiliate KPRC.

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