OMAR, W.Va. — When World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient Charlie Hager died in 2005, the American Flag that was draped over his casket was given to his son, Dallas.
Dallas Hager cherished that flag until it burned up in a 2011 house fire.
Hager had searched for a way to replace the American Flag.
To honor his father’s service in World War II in the Pacific and at Iwo Jima, Dallas Hager wanted to find a replacement for the flag that he held so dear, but didn’t want to buy a flag from a store.
He wanted one that had some significance and would honor his father’s memory. He wanted an American Flag that had been flown over the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
So, Dallas Hager contacted the office of U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III and told them his story and asked how he could get a replacement for the flag that had been lost to the fire.
On Friday morning, November 13, Senator Manchin’s regional coordinator, Michael Browning, delivered the flag to Dallas Hager at his Sandy Bottom home in Omar.
The flag came with a certificate that read “This is to certify that the accompanying flag was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of Senator Joe Manchin III. This flag was flown in memory of Charlie Hager and his family members, in honor of their military careers.”
Senator Manchin signed the certificate and immediately sent it and the American Flag to Dallas Hager, himself a veteran of 41 years.