The 70th Anniversary of the Battle for Iwo Jima; 24th year for the reunion to be held in Wichita Falls by the Iwo Jima Survivors Association of Texas at the Holiday Inn Express/Wellington Banquet and Conference Center.
This year will be the last Iwo Jima reunion for the Association.
Thirty-one actual survivors attended last year.
This year, Hershel "Woody" Williams will be an honored guest at the event as the last surviving Medal of Honor Recipient from the Battle for Iwo Jima.
Reunion dedicated to Cy Young, USN and the founder of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association of Texas, and to the United States Marines who fought the Battle for Iwo Jima in February, 1945.
On Friday, February 13
, Opening Ceremony, the Keynote Speaker will be (USAF Ret.) Col Bill Miller.
Survivors and guests will visit Sheppard Elementary School; and Dance/ USO at 6 p.m.
On Saturday, February 14, there will be a Flag Raising Reenactment at 10 a.m. the Survivors will meet Community members. The All Forces Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Wellington Banquet and Conference Center will feature U.S.Congressman Mac Thornberry as the keynote speaker.
Also, Marshall Harris,of Elk River, MN, an Iwo Survivor and member of the 2nd Armored Amphibian Tank Battalion, will discuss the hellish battle and his and other survivors to fulfill their pledge to keep the memory alive of their comrades who did not survive the battle.
On Sunday, February 15
, a Memorial Service will be held at 9:00 a.m. A Flag Folding Ceremony will be performed by the Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard and echo taps by buglers David and Bruce Hale.