A family connection inspired Marine to dedicate an American flag flown in combat to his hometown fire department.
Wayland, Massachusetts’ fire department now has a bit of new décor to add to their sleeping quarters thanks to the United States Marine Corps. The firefighters received an encased American flag with a certificate of authenticity that reads:
This is to certify this flag was flown in combat over Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom aboard F/A 18C ‘Hornet’ Aircraft Number 164891 (Helldiver 43) on August 4th, 2012, flown proudly by Sgt. E. O Rokes.
Sgt. Edward O. Rokes presented the special flag to the Fire Department since he grew up around that area and has a deep heritage connected to the fire squad. Rokes’ father was a three-decade veteran firefighter and his brother is a joint communications dispatcher. While Edward chose a slightly different route with the Marines, he has a great appreciation for all they do for their community.
Wayland Fire Department Deputy Chief David Houghton explained how he has made it a personal goal to go above and beyond in honoring the troops. One idea he started was “Red Shirt Fridays” where all firefighters wear uniform red shirts with a yellow ribbon reading “Support Our Troops” on the sleeve.
Rokes enjoys taking random surprise trips home to Wayland. Now, he brought something with him to remind his friends and family what our military does day in and day out to protect this country. The flag is also intended to serve as a constant reminder of America’s diehard commitment to defending our liberty and freedom for all.
Credit: Wayland Patch