NAMPA — One veteran's cleanup project in Nampa led to another's missing treasure.
"it was very dirty and we did not at that time know what it was, until we found the presentation case that it went in," said retired veteran David Slawson Sr.
A former vet himself, he realized he had found a burial flag. the name of the owner, Mr. Argo Buchanan. They've reached out to friends and distant connections on Facebook with no luck.
"Their father or grandfather or whoever it was whose casket this flagged draped, took the time out of his life to serve his country, the country that he loved and that's special," said Slawson.
He cleaned and restored the flag himself, hoping someone will come forward and claim it. For Slawson, getting the flag back to its rightful owners is especially important, as he watched his son serve in the military for 17 years and knows first-hand the sacrifice it represents.
"The first time he was gone for that year, every time a car drove down the road that we didn't know, it just shook you to your core. it was special to have him come home in one piece when a lot of his friends didn't," said Slawson.
He says even if no one comes forward, the sacrifice will surely not be forgotten.
"It is our firm desire to have this flag which we consider very special and sacred to be returned to the family that it rightfully belongs to," said Slawson.
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