Eric D. Schabell: A US Flag with meaning

Sunday, August 12, 2007

A US Flag with meaning

Today we got a package from my best buddy who happens to be on his third tour in Iraq as a US Marine. He had sent a few presents for my kids; two bears dressed in camouflage with t-shirt text of "Greetings from Al Asad Iraq", play dough kit and a small box containing a US Flag.

This last one was for me and I thought that it was really a neat idea as I can't just go down to the store and buy a flag to fly here in the Netherlands. I opened the box and pulled out a 3x5 foot flag. What really made it special was the other contents of the box...

It contained a certificate that this particular flag had been flown over his air base:

"This is to certify that this National Ensign of the United States of America was flown atop the Expeditionary Airfield Bunker, Al Asad Air Base Al Anbar Province, Republic of Iraq on the 4th of July in the year of our Lord 2007."

This is not just any flag and I am sure that I will be keeping this flag in a special place. Wow, you have made my day Jody!

I do get a lot of questions about proper flag etiquette, so follow the link an you will know all there is to know. Here is some history on the Al Asad Air Base and some images of a sandstorm hitting the base.