Patrick Best, after serving with the Army for two tours in Iraq, brought home an American flag that once flew over his base near Mosul, but he wasn't sure what to do with it — until he heard about Ed Jordan.
Jordan, who served in the Marines in the 1950s, had displayed an American flag in front of his Dallas home until Monday, when it was torched by vandals, according to local media reports. When Best heard about the vandalism, he knew his flag should go to Jordan.
"It needed a home, and he had a home that needed a flag. So it was just very simple to connect the two together," Best told WFAA.
Jordan said he'd been planning on getting a replacement but didn't expect one like this.
"It has that much more meaning to know that somebody you've been praying for, this flag was flying over them," Jordan told WFAA.
Best's new mission is to spend time in Coppell, Texas, with his family, the station reported — and Jordan's new mission is to find a bigger flag pole.