Peddler’s Flag

On July 27, 2018, the flag of veteran Samuel A. Steward was purchased from booth #262 for $45.00 at a Peddler’s Mall in Bardstown, Kentucky.On a rough black plastic shelf amongst kitschy and nik-nack items sat this delicately folded flag of service member Steward. Presented to his family on July 21, 2004 by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 3587 of Petersburg, Indiana. This flag was 3 hours from its home, and I was determined to find the family to whom it belonged so they could have their precious memory back. When the owner was found, the nephew of “Uncle Sam”, I heard his story of loss. In April of 2018, his fiancé was 8 months pregnant. During an ultrasound, they discovered the baby had no heartbeat and the umbilical cord had wrapped around the baby’s neck twice. She delivered her stillborn child and, though the family returned home without their precious bundle of joy, the medical bills came rolling in. Financially, they were unable to meet all of their obligations - including a storage unit in which this flag was kept. The storage unit was auctioned off and sold, and the Steward family lost countless sentimental possessions. As a community, I have faith we can come together for this grieving family who has suffered such great loss, and return Uncle Sam’s flag along with a great surprise of financial assistance to ease their burdens. To maintain the privacy of the family, identifying names have been intentionally omitted. God Bless serviceman Samuel Steward, and God Bless our country’s phenomenal armed forces.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Katie Marks 
Bardstown, KY
Deric Steward 
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