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A Couple at a Flea Market Bought an American Flag Covered in Messages for a Fallen Marine . . . and Tracked Down His Mom to Give It to Her

Jul 28, 2014 -- 5:16pm

Earlier this month, a couple named Lanie and Walter Brown went to a flea market in Hemphill, Texas, about 170 miles northeast of Houston.  And someone was selling an American flag with a bunch of writing all over it. Then when they looked closer, they realized it was a "tribute flag", covered in two dozen messages for a 20-year-old Marine named Lance Corporal Fred Maciel, who served two tours in Iraq.  Sadly, he died in a helicopter crash in 2005. The person selling it initially wanted 15 bucks, but then saw it was covered in writing, and dropped it to $5.  According to Lanie, they would have paid a HUNDRED if they needed to. They just knew they had to buy it. Lanie and Walter have two sons in the Marines, and Walter was a Marine too.  So they made it their mission to track down Fred's family.  And eventually they found his mom on Facebook, and got in touch. It's still not clear how the flag ended up at the flea market.  But the messages were from the rest of Fred's unit, and his mom said she'd never seen it before, and didn't even know it existed.  So Lanie brought it to her this weekend for a special memorial service. She said she and her husband went so far out of their way, because when you're the parent of a Marine, it's like ALL Marines are your kids.

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Brad Paisley Says "Failure's Not An Option" In His Marriage

Jul 28, 2014 -- 4:53pm
  • BRAD PAISLEY and KIMBERLY WILLIAMS have been married for 10 years.  That's like a "billion" in showbiz marriage years, so Brad was asked how they keep it together. He said, quote, "I don't know if there's a secret.  I think you have to have the same sort of priorities and outlook.  You're sharing a car.  You've got to want to be going to the same place."You have to decide early on that failure's not an option and that you're going to evolve together.  You're going to change."We've been together now for a decade.  You're going to change.  I'm so different than the total hillbilly she met."

    Speaking of Brad:  He released a 73-second preview of every song on his "Moonshine In The Trunk" album, which is out August 26th

     

     

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Yum? Courtney Stodden stepped out in a bikini made of lettuce!

Jul 18, 2014 -- 4:17pm

Courtney Stodden wowed on the red carpet on Wednesday, July 16, wearing a skimpy string bikini made out of lettuce to promote going vegetarian at a PETA event -- see the photo!

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Kenny Chesney To Play Free Concert Next Month

Jul 17, 2014 -- 4:26pm

Kenny Chesney took this year off from touring, but he's clearly missed performing for his fans as much as they've missed him. The superstar has scheduled a free concert called the Flora-Bama Jama for August 16th at the Flora-Bama, described as a "bar and package shop" located on the Alabama/Florida border in Perdido Key, Florida.

Kenny said, "I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year, and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them. Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun."

Details for the August 16th show, including how to get wristbands for access to the enclosed beach area,  will be available, along with a clip from Kenny, at 8 a.m. ET today (Thursday, July 17th) at kennychesney.com.

 

FAST FACTS

  • Kenny will release his new album, The Big Revival, on September 23rd.
  • The debut single, "American Kids," was released to country radio last month

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