Flags stolen from Field of Honor returned

The note found with the returned flags at the Field of Honor.
The note found with the returned flags at the Field of Honor.

By SONNY LONG
Originally published June 4, 2013 at 2:51 p.m., updated June 4, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

The flags stolen from the Warrior's Weekend Field of Honor have been returned.

Monday night, as the last volunteers were leaving for the night, Col. Mike Petrash saw a cloth H-E-B bag on the pavilion.

"I was doing one last walk-through when I saw the bag," said Petrash, organizer of the Field of Honor. "I thought one of the volunteers had left it behind."

When Petrash opened the bag and looked inside, he got quite a surprise.

"At first, I thought it was clothes, but then I found the note and pulled out the Marine Corps flag and an American flag," he said.

The handwritten note said, "Found these in my son's closet. Sorry for any pain he may have caused."

The Marine Corps flag was one that Petrash had given to Sabrena Fisher, the widow of former Marine and Field of Honor volunteer Shannon Fisher, at Shannon's funeral.

Their son is also a U.S. Marine.

Sabrena Fisher had loaned the flag to the Field of Honor.

The Marine Corps flag and an American flag honoring a wounded warrior were stolen May 28.

"Thankfully, there is a parent out there who is checking on things and setting a high standard for their son," Petrash said.

"We appreciate it so much. We were praying for it to be returned. I honestly expected it to be."