Signed American Flag Returned to Father
In May this year, Sean Marceau reported that someone had stolen a signed American flag that belonged to his fallen Marine Corps son, LCpl Joe Jackson. All the members of LCpl Joe Jackson’s Platoon signed that flag, including Joe himself. Some of the other names on that flag are now also deceased. On the 3rd of July, 2018, Marceau found that flag oddly folded in front of the headstone on his son’s grave.
— Yakima Herald (@Yakima_Herald) July 4, 2018
Marceau has a consistent habit of going to the cemetery every Tuesday to visit his son’s grave. Whether that fact filtered into the media far enough that a twinge of guilt touched the heart of the suspect, none of us may ever know. But the flag that once draped LCpl Joe’s bed is now home. And it came home just in time for the 4th of July.
At first, Sean thought it was just an ordinary flag. But upon closer inspection…
“I drive up and I see a flag on Joe’s grave.I went and lifted it and it was folded a little bit, it had a different crease in the fold. So I peeled it back and a saw (a signature) and my heart dropped.” Sean Marceau
Joe’s special flag is home where it belongs. Sean Marceau uses the flag to speak with young veterans, to “help them open up a bit.”
An American flag belonging to a Marine killed in action has been returned. Shawn Marceau, father of Cpl. Joe Jackson, says it was found folded at his son’s headstone. https://t.co/cRd940FYqF
— KAPP-KVEW (@KAPPKVEW) July 3, 2018
Sean had spoken with numerous media outlets in an attempt to have the perpetrator return the flag. He reminded folks that his son died on April 24, 2011 in Afghanistan, and he just wanted it back for the sentimental value.
Sean Marceau, father of fallen Marine Joe Jackson, is asking for his son’s American flag to be returned after it was stolen by an unknown perpetrator.https://t.co/gNFxcjy4wn pic.twitter.com/i5E0XuItoD
— Blanche V. Mercaldi (@tammytabby) May 8, 2018
Featured photo: Marines conduct a military funeral for a fallen service member at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Ga. (Marine Corps)