Indiana trucking company proudly hoists U.S. flag with a special history

| Monday, September 24, 2001

When Sternberg International, an Indiana-based trucking company was unable to find a flag to fly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, an employee offered a gift from her past. The company now flies the flag which draped employee Vicki Trible's husband's coffin in 1969.

Vicki Trible was 20 years old when her husband died in an ambush in Vietnam. She had been saving the flag, presented to her at the funeral, to pass on to her son Keith, but Keith had died in a motorcycle accident in 1987.

"I thought long and hard about it," Trible told the Evansville Courier & Press. "There was no one left to pass it along to." So Trible unpacked the flag, took it to Sternberg and proudly said, "Let's fly it."

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