Flags for Vets, Inc.

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Flags for Vets, Inc.

Flags for Vets, Inc.

Flags for Vets was formed on 2017 to honor our Nation’s veterans for their faithful service.

Anyone interested in sponsoring three more installs? One in Notasulga,one in Alabaster and in LaGrange.

All three need sponsors. First two are Vietnam vets.
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We spent this afternoon honoring the Gold Star family of L/cpl William “Billy” Stelpflug, USMC.

Billy was a 1982 Graduate of Auburn High and enlisted in the Corps shortly after graduation. He went to Parris Island in Sept. and graduated bootcamp 17 Dec.

After graduation from Boot Camp and AIT (now known as SOI) at LeJeune he was attached to 1st Battalion 8th Marines, 2nd MarDiv. He was sent to Beirut as a member of the peacekeeping force. At 0655 in the morning on 23 Oct. he and 240 other Marines were killed by a suicide truck bomb while they slept in their makeshift barracks. More than 150 other Marines were injured. Billy had been in the Corps less than 10 months.

Today we honored his memory and talked about his life with his mom, Miss Peggy and his sister Christy. There are so many similarities between Billy and myself. We both graduated in 1982 (I’m an Opelika grad), we both enlisted about the same time on Delayed entry. I stepped on the yellow footprints on 8 Sept. and he was two weeks behind me. I was assigned to platoon 3078 (India co.) and he was 3080 (Hotel Co.). I graduated on 3 Dec. and he on 17 Dec.

I think this brought a flood of memories back to her and we were thankful to spend time reminiscing.
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We spent this afternoon honoring the Gold Star family of L/cpl William “Billy” Stelpflug, USMC.

Billy was a 1982 Graduate of Auburn High and enlisted in the Corps shortly after graduation.  He went to Parris Island in Sept. and graduated bootcamp 17 Dec.  

After graduation from Boot Camp and AIT (now known as SOI) at LeJeune he was attached to 1st Battalion 8th Marines, 2nd MarDiv.  He was sent to Beirut as a member of the peacekeeping force.  At 0655 in the morning on 23 Oct. he and 240 other Marines were killed by a suicide truck bomb while they slept in their makeshift barracks.  More than 150 other Marines were injured.  Billy had been in the Corps less than 10 months.  

Today we honored his memory and talked about his life with his mom, Miss Peggy and his sister Christy.  There are so many similarities between Billy and myself.  We both graduated in 1982 (I’m an Opelika grad), we both enlisted about the same time on Delayed entry.  I stepped on the yellow footprints on 8 Sept. and he was two weeks behind me.  I was assigned to platoon 3078 (India co.) and he was 3080 (Hotel Co.).  I graduated on 3 Dec. and he on 17 Dec.  

I think this brought a flood of memories back to her and we were thankful to spend time reminiscing.Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

Our second recipient today is 96 y.o. WWII veteran James “Jim” Warman, USA.

Jim was drafted into service in Nov. 1944 and was discharged in 1946.

Jim was a Forward Observer assigned to Patton’s 3rd Army, however by the time he shipped out, Germany had just surrendered so he was diverted to Erlingen, Germany to the Replacement Depot where he spent his time helping soldiers transition back to the states and processing replacement soldiers as part of the occupational force.

We spent more than an hour just talking with him about life after the war and his accomplishments in life. He’s originally from West Va. and his professional career took him all over the country with the US geological Survey. He planted roots here in Auburn in 1965 and has been here ever since.

He’s quite the Baker and is an accomplished Pianist. We so enjoyed spending time with him
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Our second recipient today is 96 y.o. WWII veteran James “Jim” Warman, USA.

Jim was drafted into service in Nov. 1944 and was discharged in 1946.

Jim was a Forward Observer assigned to Patton’s 3rd Army, however by the time he shipped out, Germany had just surrendered so he was diverted to Erlingen, Germany to the Replacement Depot where he spent his time helping soldiers transition back to the states and processing replacement soldiers as part of the occupational force.  

We spent more than an hour just talking with him about life after the war and his accomplishments in life.  He’s originally from West Va. and his professional career took him all over the country with the US geological Survey.  He planted roots here in Auburn in 1965 and has been here ever since.  

He’s quite the Baker and is an accomplished Pianist.  We so enjoyed spending time with himImage attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Such a wholesome and kind man. Glad I had the pleasure of meeting him. Thank you for your service sir!

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“Jamie is exactly what you would expect him to be, being a former Marine.  This man is professional and very passionate about what he does.  Thank you again Jamie”

Shane Bailey

U.S. Army veteran and recipient

I can never thank you enough for what you did for 2 Vets who just can’t believe that a stranger cared enough for them to be made to feel special. Bless you both and thank you.

Connie McCollum

“I love the support for our military!!  What a great way to show veterans we will always care about them!”

Gennifer Harris Williams

Spouse of Kenneth Williams, U.S. Army veteran and recipient

“This is truly an embodiment of how committed veterans are to service as they themselves are often the ones planting the flags for others.  An inspiration for all of us on how we should give our own skills and treasures to benefit the greater needs of others.”

Blake Busbin

U.S. History Teacher, Auburn High School

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