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Peddler’s Flag

$2,097 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 41 people in 11 months
Created July 29, 2018
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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Sam’s flag is back home with the Steward family
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Tomorrow’s the day Uncle Sam’s flag goes home! A HUGE thank you to everyone who has helped physically and spiritually. For those interested in making the trip with the car-drivers and the American Legion Riders, we will be departing from the Veteran’s Park (off Broadway next to the Civil War museum with the large artillery cannon) at 10am towards Hornaday Park in Petersburg, IN.
The finding of this funeral flag is certainly not an isolated incident - memories of our great soldiers are found in peddler’s malls, thrift stores, and flea markets daily. What’s great is that the media has brought to light these terrible acts of others, as well as the heartbreaking loss of veteran memorabilia.
God bless our armed service members, veterans, and their families & God bless America.
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We are over $2000! How amazing your generosity has been! Great news - Deric and Crystal (nephew and fiancé) are now pregnant with a beautiful rainbow baby! God is amazing! I will be delivering the flag August 11 and in need of volunteers to escort the flag along its journey. We will begin in Bardstown, KY and head towards Petersburg, IN. Along the path, riders are welcome to jump in or hop off the caravan as they wish - 3 hours is a pretty long drive. With all your prayers and help, Deric and Crystal have been able to pay off bills and properly prepare the kiddos for the new school year. I am listing links below containing the different versions of this story that have been broadcast.

http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/i-am-samuel-stewards-flag-and-im-coming-home-indiana

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/30/kentucky-woman-determined-to-return-american-flag-found-at-store-to-family-fallen-soldier.html

http://www.wave3.com/clip/14524133/veterans-flag-found-at-peddlers-mall-restored-to-owner
 
https://www.whas11.com/video/news/local/seen-on-tv/womans-mission-to-return-lost-folded-flag/417-8204114
 
http://www.lex18.com/story/38783400/bardstown-woman-returns-soldiers-flag-to-family

https://www.palmbeachpost.com/lifestyles/woman-finds-memorial-flag-for-sale-sets-out-return-fallen-soldier-family/jbI2Se7KqUqL1ZEQK8SyIP/

 
Sam’s flag is now properly cased
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Just two short hours ago, we were at the halfway mark...and now we have EXCEEDED THE GOAL! What a wonderful community to be a part of God bless you all.
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Raised by 41 people in 11 months
Created July 29, 2018
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