US Navy Burial Flag Rightfully Returned to Widow of Veteran

A US Navy memorial burial flag is being reunited with its owner after being abandoned in a Colorado storage unit.

After a Denver-based self-storage facility was closed down by the state, owners of the units had limited time to retrieve their belongings. Pete Mikilun, who was hired to help clean out the business, found the flag marked as “trash.”

“It’s a disgrace,” Mikilun commented. “This belonged to a hero.”

“It means everything because it’s absolutely the only thing I have of memorabilia of our life together and his military time.”

– Christine Rogers

The flag was traced back to Chief Petty Officer Larry Rogers, a US Navy Veteran of 25 years. His widow, Christine Rogers, was overjoyed to receive the call letting her know the flag had been found, reported KDVR.

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US Navy memorial burial flag. (Adobe Stock)

“It means everything because it’s absolutely the only thing I have of memorabilia of our life together and his military time,” Rogers said. After recently moving to Oregon, she realized she had been missing a number of items, including the burial flag. She had told herself to “let it go,” but was incredibly relieved when it was not only found, but returned.

“My goal was to get it back to her … I wanted to do the right thing,” said Mikilun. The flag was shipped to Rogers’ new home in Brookings, Oregon.

– Dan McIsaac