Thomas Esparza honored for service, receives flag

Thomas Esparza got  a  surprise  in the mail Monday – a U.S. flag.

Not just any flag, though.

It was flown over the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 11, Veterans Day.

The flag was sent from U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer to Esparza to honor him for his military service in World War II.

‘It’s awesome,’ said Esparza. ‘I don’t know how they got my address.’

The U.S. Army veteran would like to unfold the flag, but hesitates because he is not sure how to re-fold it.

He recalled seeing an American flag formally folded during the war, but is personally unsure how to do it himself.

The flag from the District 19 congressman also commemorates the Texas South Plains Honor Flight that Esparza went on last month.

Esparza and more than 100  veterans, including Lloyd Parker of Levelland, flew to Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1 and returned home two days later.

‘It was the trip of a lifetime.’

The veterans toured all of the military memorials in the nationís capital.

Especially moving was an honor that Esparza and three other veterans were accorded.

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