Iwo Jima’s Survivors Reunion 2019
Myers Jackson, Donna Snow Landers and Rex King will be Attending
Iwo Jima Survivors and Veterans hold special places in the hearts of many for their dedication and sacrifices. Including the hearts of Myers Jackson America’s Auctioneer, Donna Snow Landers and Rex King. This past February 16th they attended the Iwo Jima Survivors Reunion in Wichita Falls. The public is urged to attend as well to take part in remembrance of this time in history and to celebrate and thank the heroes who lived and survived it.
In fact, during the three day event survivors, their family and friends come together. There are visits to schools, luncheons, a re-enactment. Just to name a few. It is a time to give these survivors the appreciation and recognition they deserve.
The photo below show the Flag Raising, Woody Signed this, however he was not in the photo. However he was just in the heat of battle. He received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions. Don Graves in the man image was about four feet form the area where the photo was taken.
Notably, the Battle of Iwo Jima unfolded upon Mt. Suribachi from February 19th-March 26th, 1945. It was upon this mountain that the iconic raising of the flag took place. The Battle would result in the casualties of over 7000 troops and over 19000 injured.
As well as twenty-seven Medals of Honor awarded. The Medal of Honor is our country’s highest military award for bravery. The most in history were awarded for the Battle of Iwo Jima. Today there is only one living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima-Hershel “Woody” Williams. Woody and his foundation The Hershel Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation are currently on a mission of placing Gold Star monuments in cities throughout the U.S. These monuments commemorate fallen soldiers and their families (Gold Star Families). To date there are 47 dedicated monuments representing 41 states with 53 more monuments in progress!
Iwo Jima Survivor Reunion Group Photo
To begin with, the Is Jima Survivors reunion started on Thursday, February 14th with the following schedule of events:
- 9am: Buses load for Fort Sill Trip
- 4pm-6pm: Registration and Raffle Table ($10 Registration fee)
Then Friday’s schedule is:
- 9am: opening Ceremony
- 10:30am: Loading buses for school visit and lunch
- 6pm: Dinner provided by Redneck Culinary Academy (Must Have Ticket) (Fish fry located at the Wellington Conference Center at the hotel)
On Saturday, the schedule consists of:
- 9am: Memorial Service
- 10am: Flag Raising Re-enactment and Ceremony
- 11:30am: Lunch for Veterans and family (Must Have Ticket)
- 1:30pm: North Texas VA assistance room
- 1:30pm: “Fire-side” chat with Veterans
- 3:00pm: Fly-over
- 6:00pm: POW/MIA All Forces Dinner (Must Have Ticket-$30)
Therefore, make plans to come out to Wichita Falls this weekend and celebrate some brave men and women. Shake a hand. Hug a neck. And, most of all, tell them a much deserved Thank You! You just might seeMyers JacksonAmerica’s Auctioneer, Donna Snow Landers and Rex King there, too!