They Came in Cardboard Boxes

They came in plain cardboard boxes with a note inside expressing our nation’s condolences and offering the enclosed flag as token of gratitude and as a sentimental reminder of the ultimate sacrifice their loved ones made for our country.

During WWII these boxes were preceded by a telegram notifying  the recipient of the death of their son, daughter, sister, brother, husband or wife in the service of the United States.

The box that I opened with my close friend last night contained a burial flag  but instead of white stars on a blue background it had gold stars on the same background. The significance, if any, of the gold stars is perhaps a moot point in that the flag itself was a symbolic reminder of their loss.

In today’s email I read a DoD press release: “DoD Identifies Marine Casualty.” Unfortunately another grieving family will receive their own flag soon. Semper Fi.


About marquisdevauban

Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran, Molecular Biologist, Political Activist, Musician, Writer, Philosopher, Outdoorsman, Husband, Father, Son of a
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