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Washington man recovers fallen son's flag

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WHITE SWAN, WA - Just in time to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, one family has found the missing flag that belonged to their son Joe Jackson, who died in battle while in Afghanistan.

The flag along with a few other belongings went missing back in May, but on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, Jackson's father found it once again.

"I was taking lunch and I figured I'd come up here, because I come see Joe every Tuesday," Shawn Marceau said. "I've been doing it since 2011. I drove up and I noticed a flag and next to his headstone, so I got out and it was folded a little different so I was unfolding it to refold it, and I uncovered Josh's name and my heart just dropped. I think it skipped a beat. I just couldn't believe it was the flag."

Marceau admits there were days he questioned whether he would see the flag again. "I didn't lose hope, but I was disheartened, you know. It was hard to keep up the motivation when you wake up every day thinking, 'Who has our flag?' "

Now that the flag is back home Marceau says finding it just before the Fourth of July is a blessing. 

"Who would of thought that yesterday - a day before the Fourth of July - that our flag would of been returned to us. I can't believe it," said Marceau.

He says having the flag back in his hands reminds him of the true meaning of the Fourth of July.

"These guys that signed this flag, they come from all ethnicities, all different religions, all different political views and it's what our independence was built on," said Marceau.

Marceau says he doesn't care to find out who or why somebody took the flag in the first place; he's just glad it's back in time to celebrate Independence Day with Joe's presence by his side.

To read the original story, click here: Flag of Marine's fallen son, also a Marine, stolen