Stolen American Flag Found By Father Of Fallen Soldier
An American Flag stolen from the father of a fallen soldier in White Swan has been returned. Shawn Marceau of White Swan says he found the folded flag on his son's grave at Yakima's Tahoma Cemetery Tuesday Morning. Joe Jackson was a 22-year-old U.S. Marine Corp Lance Corporal when he died 7 years ago in Afghanistan. 17 others in his unit also died for that flag during a deadly 6 month period of fighting half way around the world. One of Joe's proudest possessions was his American Flag, signed by his Brothers in Arms, which he displayed on the wall over his bunk. It became one of Shawn's proudest possessions when his son Joe was laid to rest in March of 2011. It was stolen after someone broke into Marceau's truck in White Swan earlier this year.
But early Tuesday morning while stopping at the cemetery he says he found the flag folded on his son's grave. "I'm speechless. What a wonderful thing to happen on the day before we celebrate the flag on the 4th of July." Marceau says he wants to thank the community and the many people who prayed for the return of the flag. There was no note just the flag when Marceau found it so he says he doesn't know what happened or who returned it but he says he's just glad the flag is back with his family.