Katie Marks says she found this American flag is on sale for $45 at a store — and now wants to return to the family of the soldier it commemorates.
A Kentucky woman wants to bring in his former Glory – and a bit more – the home of a grieving family from Indiana.
Katie Marks said that she was shopping at a Peddler’s Mall store in Bardstown last week, when she saw a folded American flag for sale, which was dedicated to fallen veteran Samuel A. Steward.
“This flag is a symbol of our nation’s respect and gratitude for the services rendered in the defense of our country,” a paper in the packaging read, next to a sticker advertising his $45 price. “May God guide you and give you strength in this time of need.”
The newspaper said the flag was in July 2004 by a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Petersburg, Indiana.
On a GoFundMe page, Brands explained that after the purchase of the flag, she was able to track down Steward’s nephew – and now is determined to bring the house to him.
In conversations with him, Brands, says the cousin told her that his fiance delivered a stillborn child in April. She eventually returned home from the hospital, but the mounting medical bills associated with the birth complications, allegedly, in place of the family in financial duress, and they are forced to sell a storage unit where the flag was held.
“The storage unit was auctioned off and sold, and the Steward family lost numerous sentimental possessions,” Marks wrote on the page, where they are now trying to raise $1,000 to assist the family.
“As a community, I believe that we can come together for this grieving family who has suffered such great loss, and the return of Uncle Sam’s flag, along with a big surprise of financial aid to ease their burden,” she added.
Brands also told WHAS 11 that she found out Steward served in the Army and died when he was 40.
“You almost feel an emotional connection to the name of the person behind the flag,” she added in an interview with the station. “Every soldier deserves to go home.”