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, www.koscoflags.com.
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.