U.S. Marine sends American Flag to His Soon-to-be-born Son At Home
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Phillip M. Downey sent a unique gift home to his soon-to-be-born son from camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. On May 16, 2012 1st Lt. Downey sent his baby boy the U.S. Flag that flew 50 feet above the Task Force Leatherneck compound on April 28th. Phillip Downey is currently serving a year-long deployment in the Helmand province and doesn’t think he’ll be able to make it home to see the birth of his son. “One day, I want him to understand that there was a reason why I wasn’t there,” said the 25-year-old St. Louis native.
A few weeks after he was deployed to Afghanistan in February, his girlfriend announced she was pregnant. Downey’s son is due in September, the seven-month mark of his scheduled one-year deployment. Downey said the flag he is sending to his son will become a family heirloom that he hopes will be pasted down from generation to generation. “A lot of Marines dedicate their flags to their parents or family members who were former Marines,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony B. Triplett, the administration chief for the commanding staff of Task Force Leatherneck and manager of the flag program. “To receive a flag that has flown over a Marine base in Afghanistan for a day means a lot to those people.” 1st Lt. Downey plans to frame the folded flag and hang it in his son’s room after he is born. He said an U.S. flag that was flown from sunup to sundown in Afghanistan should be a priceless gift at his girlfriend’s upcoming babe shower.
CONGRATULATION 1st Lt. Downey!
Credit: U.S. Department of Defense