November 11, 2017 11:46 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- It was an unexpected find during a construction project in 2014 -- a World War II-era American flag, hiding in a cupboard near what is now a window at the front of the Austin VFW Post 1216 building.
"It was kind of bundled up and just put in a storage area and really not properly stored," former VFW post commander Norman Hecimovich recalled.
Now, more than three years later, that Old Glory has been returned to its former glory.
Placed inside a frame alongside a plaque detailing its history, the 48-star flag, which flew proudly during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day in 1944, the flag now hangs prominently on the wall in the post.
"On the card (included with the flag), it gave a description," post-Commander Scott Wiechmann told ABC 6 News in June 2014, shortly after it was uncovered.
Several small holes are still visible on the flag, which are believed to be the result of flying shrapnel. But it represents a pivotal moment in world history, which is why it was preserved. Now, it gives the Austin community another way to connect with American history.
"History has to be seen and talked about for people to understand it," Hecimovich said.
And on a day dedicated to honoring our veterans, it serves as another reminder of the cost of freedom.
"We're only free as long as that flag is flying free," he said.
Updated: November 11, 2017 11:46 PM
Created: November 11, 2017 10:09 PM
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