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#989892 - 06/19/17 12:02 PM Amazing Father's Day Gift
Sonor Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 760
Loc: Orange County, NC
So yesterday was Father’s Day and I have a little saga worth telling while also praising a company.
While serving in WWII, my father had a close friend Kos (as he called him). In the 1990’s my dad decided to visit him, one of the benefits of the internet. Well he knew that Kos started a flag company and sure enough, there it was on line, He contacted him and they got together with their families (dad with his wife and the Koskinen family). It was about this time that my wife and I purchased our first house and dad got an American flag for us from his friend. A truly wonderful gift especially coupled with the stories dad told.
Ten years after my dad passed and another house for my wife and I, I noticed that the flag was getting faded and old looking. So, a couple of months ago I made the statement to my wife that we needed to replace it but I wanted to see if Kos’ company still existed. Well as life is very full of “duties” these days, it just kept getting pushed to the back burner and I never looked them up, but my wife did.
She looked over the products and was confused about what to purchase and wrote to the company saying, “My father-in-law years ago gave us a flag from your company because he and Mr. Koskinen were in WWII together etc…” She received a note back saying the gentlemen was the grandson of Kos and had the privilege of meeting my father a couple of times. He read between the lines by seeing my wife’s last name and knew right away it was my father. He also had heard the stories and helped my wife with the flag (which is still made in America).
Well needless to say, my Father’s Day gift still has me welling up with pride and choking up when I think about it. I must one day get to meet the grandson; this was a truly wonderful gift.

Edited by Sonor (06/19/17 12:04 PM)
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#989895 - 06/19/17 12:45 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
szurszewski Offline

Registered: 06/28/06
Posts: 2101
Loc: Portland, OR

That's a great Father's Day.
*insert witty remark here*

#989896 - 06/19/17 12:54 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
Glenn Reed Offline

Registered: 06/17/10
Posts: 3080
Loc: Towson MD
Getting a little misty eyed myself.

Thanks for sharing. thumbsup
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#989901 - 06/19/17 01:57 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
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Loc: Clarksville, Tennessee
Nice. smile
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#989949 - 06/19/17 09:49 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
Shiny Side Up Offline

Registered: 11/27/11
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That's a great story.
Your wife is indeed a special and thoughtful lady.
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#989956 - 06/19/17 11:06 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
Danny caddyshack Noonan Offline

Registered: 08/16/08
Posts: 2373
Loc: Near the mine, Utah

God bless America!
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Danny, be the ball.
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#989980 - 06/20/17 03:00 AM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
gordiet Offline

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Loc: Washington State and Arizona s...
Very cool

#990013 - 06/20/17 02:25 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
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#990019 - 06/20/17 02:41 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
Chris K Offline

Registered: 09/18/00
Posts: 2481
Loc: Atlanta, GA
Great story! Thanks for sharing.
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#990054 - 06/20/17 08:02 PM Re: Amazing Father's Day Gift [Re: Sonor]
Jake Offline

Registered: 02/04/01
Posts: 4666
Loc: South Florida
And I thought my Home Depot Man Card that I got for Father's Day was cool. It is, but you win. wink

I did just order one of those Annin Signature Series 3X5 flags from Kosco, however. Been wanting to order a flag for a while now and this is a perfect nudge to do so. Will fly it proudly in memory of those who serve and those who love them.
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