It is a sign of respect and a way to honor; giving someone an American flag. Wednesday morning in Merrill, one woman was surprised with the honor of a flag, raised in Afghanistan for her.
It was a surprise of a lifetime. And it was all because of Christmas cards.
"There are a lot of servicemen that are protecting us," said Wilde, "this wouldn't have happened without them."
But Nancy Wilde did not write a couple cards to our service men and women overseas -- she wrote over 2,000.
"They would fill a supermarket bag full of cards to fill out at home."
So her family wanted to honor her, a woman they say does so many acts of kindness, and asks for nothing in return.
"It was so wonderful to do something for her," said Barb Ringwelski, Nancy's sister-in-law, "she's always there to help a hand and do stuff for others. It is time that she gets some of it back, even if she does not ask for it."
The International Security Forces Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan raised an American flag in her honor.
"The flag of the United States of America, accompanying this certificate," said Sergeant Jacob Willard, "was proudly flown for the International Security Forces Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. for your dedication and countless sacrifices to support troops in Afghanistan during the Operation Enduring Freedom, thank you."
And now, that flag is in her arms.
"This flag is for you," said Sergeant Dustin Frey, "on behalf of all the troops, we appreciated everything you've done."
"I'll fly it," said Nancy, "but the weather has got to be perfect."
For now, she's just overwhelmed by the honor, and hopes others will remember our armed forces this holiday season.
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