A special delivery brought a local mother to tears after she received a gift from overseas.
“At first when I saw the box I was curious about it,” said Elizabeth Innis. “I burst into tears after I read the word ‘flag’ on the customs form when I opened the box. It was a flag that he flew during his combat mission. They sent it to me and Jim, my husband.”
The couple’s son, Steven, is on active duty in Afghanistan in the Air Force. His mother hopes he will return to his base in August or early September.
“Steven has been in the military about 14 years and graduated from Rushville Consolidated High School. He has been in Afghanistan since early March; he was supposed to have a six month tour there which he volunteered for a certain duty. His wife, Yuri, told us that his job there right now is not easy.”
The flag is in a wooden case with these words:
“This is to certify that in your honor and with great pride this flag was flown on a special operations air craft during a combat mission over Afghanistan in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. This flag symbolizes the sovereign power and unshakeable resolve of the American Forces. It also serves as a shining beacon of light and bear witness to the destruction of the terrorist forces threatening the free world. Flown on 27th of April, 2014 Bagram Air Base Afghanistan.”
His wife is Yuri J. Innis is a 2nd lieutenant and stationed in San Antonio at the Lackland Air Force Base.
Steven is the grandson of Lowell and Ann Innis of Milroy.