Monday, March 14, 2011

"I flew the flag for Aaron..."

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A couple of months ago, a guy that my sister and I knew when we were younger wrote to me to tell me how sorry he is to hear that Aaron passed away. He said that for some reason, he just kept thinking about our (mine and Aaron Jr's) situation and told his wife about us and they both felt so sad for us. I was grateful for their concern and have told him to be careful so that his wife and kids don't have to experience this. He is a pilot in the U.S. armed forces. He asked me not to use his name, but said that I could use his call sign, which is Flash.

Soon after that, Flash sent me another message and said he had been wanting to do something for Aaron Jr. He asked if he could "fly an American flag for Aaron Jr". I did not know what that meant for sure, but of course I told him that he could and thanked him.

That next week Flash wrote and said "I flew the flag for Aaron yesterday". He said that he would mail it out to Aaron Jr as soon as he could.

Well, it came in the mail and let me tell you, it is such a neat gift for Aaron Jr to have. What a kind and thoughtful thing to do. I am grateful that he took the time to do such a kind thing for Aaron Jr and for me. What a treasure the flag will be to Aaron Jr throughout his life.

With the amazing flag, he sent a certificate to Aaron Jr telling where the flag had been flown for him 'In loving memory of' his daddy. I also asked him to write a note with the flag so that Aaron Jr could always know what it meant. So Flash wrote a letter to Aaron Jr to explain what he did with the flag and why he was sending it to him. I am not going to quote the whole letter, but I want to quote part of it:

"To me that is what the American flag represents, our homes and our families, the very things that make our country great. Well, guess what Aaron, you and your family are part of that and I'm proud to be serving to help protect it.
I know that you have been a tremendous blessing to your mom during this difficult time since your dad died. You have become the man of the house and have helped your mom more than you know. That is an honorable act and I'm proud of you, I know your dad is too. I also know that your mom and your dad (even though he can't be with you right now) love you very much. That is why I flew with this flag right beside me, to honor you and your service during this tough time. I want you to have it so that it will always remind you of our great country, and what makes and keeps our country great - our families. This is for you Aaron. I'm so sorry for your loss.
With Love, FLASH"

That says it all, right? I want to thank Flash for the thoughtful and kind thing he has done for Aaron Jr... and all the while he is in harm's way so far away from his own family. I pray for his and all the other members of the armed forces to have safety and I thank them all and their families for their service and sacrifice.

Thank you Flash! Aaron Jr LOVES his gift.


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8 comments:

Chris and Kristy said...

What a touching gesture for Flash to do. It opens my eyes to be more aware of how we can "mourn with those who mourn" in our own unique ways. I can't help but think what kind of impact this may have on Aaron Jr's future and how he'll feel about our country. So thankful you shared this story!

Tawnie J said...

What an honor for Aaron Jr., You, and Aaron. How special that he thought to do that for you.
Love you.

Mindy said...

That is amazing! What a sweet note, and what a neat thing to have!

Allred Mom said...

What an amazing gift and treasure for you and Aaron Jr. The post made me cry! Thanks, Flash, for protecting our country and for your tender heart in thinking of Leslie and Aaron.

girlsmama said...

This literally brought me to tears. I can think of no nobler act. I'm glad that great men and women like Flash are protecting us and watching out for you and yours.

Anonymous said...

That is a priceless keepsake. Your little Aaron will love that in years to come. My husband lost his Dad when he was little and he absolutely clings to any story that anyone can tell him about how good his Dad was. Those things are priceless. What an incredible gesture of thoughtfulness. Your blog continues to inspire me on days when I feel down, I always feel better after reading here. Thank you! Keep on smiling! (:
-Leslie

Kristi said...

That is very neat and touching.

Anonymous said...

I am so impressed with the pure Christ like charity of Flash. How very thoughtful of him to show such kindness and compassion to a very precious little boy. (I love that boy very much) There is a scripture that reads: "but charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."
The love Flash has for other people and for this great country, the United States of America, really touched my heart. I pray for his saftey as he protects our freedoms. LOL