Sue Fleming, The Freer Press
In observance of Veterans Day in Freer, 150 small U.S. flags could be seen waving silently in the air at Hahl Cemetery, placed by volunteers at the gravesites of former U.S. soldiers as well as two new larger U.S. flags stationed at the front gate, all of which were graciously donated by Freer Iron Works and Alamo Lumber.
The history of Veterans Day dates back to when World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailes.
However, actual fighting between the Allies and Germany ended seven months earlier with the armistice which became effective on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.
Nov. 11 was then known as Armistice Day and officially became a holiday in the U.S. in 1926.
On June 1, 1954 a national holiday was established in which the name was changed to Veteranís Day to honor U.S. veterans.
However, in 1968 new legislation changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October, but it soon became apparent that Nov. 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans and therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date of Nov. 11.