Point, Texas, the original home of National Farmers Union, held a flag retirement and NFU Monument lighting ceremony on Saturday, August 31, 2013. The official ceremony coincided with the celebration of 111th year founding of the National Farmers Union.
The program started with the ceremonious burning of the national and the thirty-three state flags. The event was conducted jointly by the Rabb Brothers Memorial American Legion Post #156, active duty servicemen, and the Venture Crew Troop 345.
KFU President Donn Teske, NFU Honorary Historian Tom Giessel, and KFU staffer Nick Levendofsky were in attendance. Giessel assisted with the flag retirement ceremony, giving historical information about each Farmers Union state, plus a brief history of National Farmers Union organization and its founding.
The lights at NFU Monument were officially switched on by Texas Farmers Union President Wes Sims and NFU Vice President Claudia Svarstad at 9:00 p.m.
Descendants of the founding members of NFU were invited to the festivities, and a number of those descendants were present. The ten founding members were Newton Isaac Gresham, Dr. Lee Seamster, O. B. Rhodes, W. S. Sisk, J. B. Morris, T. W. Donaldson, J. S. Turner, Jesse Adam, W. T. Cochran, and T.J. Pound.