VFW Renovation Leads To Historic Find

Updated: 06/05/2014 7:10 PM
Created: 06/05/2014 6:52 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 News) -- It was a turning point of World War two.

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

And Thursday, a local story of a discovery of stunning historical significance, just in time for the anniversary.

"It kind of gave me goose bumps," said Austin VFW commander Scott Wiechmann.

A renovation project at the VFW has turned up a treasure.

"We found a new flag. We found an old flag, actually, that was kind of buried away," commander Scott Wiechmann explained.

“They found it in the corner over here, buried under a lot of junk I should say," laughed Austin World War II veteran Truman Moen.

Somewhere near the bottom of a long-forgotten storage area, "It's been archived here at the VFW for who knows how long," commander Scott Wiechmann said.

"30 - 40 years, at least," added WWII vet Truman Moen.

With 48 stars, the flag itself was an historic artifact, but it was the note that came with it that made it a treasure.

"On the card it gave a description, the flag was made in England, carried ashore by this soldier on a landing craft on D-Day at Normandy beach," Scott Wiechmann explained.

It was June 6th, 1944 the day allied forces launched a major initiative to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation.

"It was very significant because it was the beginning of the end of World War II," veteran Charles Rector told us.

And the Austin flag was there.

“I believe a gentleman that invaded Europe on D-Day took it with him," World War II Veteran Charles rector said.

“I also think these little holes are shrapnel," he said, showing us the flag.

"We were meant to do this remodel if for no other reason than just to find that flag," VFW commander Scott Wiechmann said.

"Now it's actually going to be a centerpiece of our new color guard display area."

"It's something any American should remember, and the flag brings it all into perspective," veteran Charles Rector told us.