Gulf Veteran Displays Surviving Flags At Courthouse

Symbols of freedom and courage can mean everything when you're looking for that last bit of hope in the desert. That's what Scott Massey learned during his tour in the first Gulf War.

The former US Marine says during battle, he kept two flags by his side. Both symbols of freedom survived dire weather, oil fires, even gunfire. In salute of the men and women now overseas, Massey put both flags on display inside Smith County's 114th district court.

He said, "I thought if I could get these out to the public, at least to the families, it's something tangible that they can touch and they can see. Things that were actually there. You can still see the smoke and everything on it."

Judge Cynthia Kent will keep the flags on display until the war is over.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.