Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 10:00 AM
June Friendship Club Luncheon…Special Edition, All Ages Invited - Everyone is invited on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 am in the Great Hall for games, lunch and to hear the inspiring testimony and story of Don Graves. A World War II hero and survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Graves, age 93, is a member of what journalist Tom Brokaw calls America’s Greatest Generation.
At 8 a.m. on February 19, 1945, 19-year-old Donald Graves was a part of the third wave of Marines to land on Green Beach. At 5 feet 6 inches and 145 pounds with a 70-pound flamethrower strapped to his back and a .45-caliber pistol on his hip, he advanced up the sands of Iwo Jima and within minutes was under attack by Japanese mortars. The winning battle ended March 26 with 6,821 Americans killed and nearly 20,000 wounded. Graves was present when the American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi. The iconic photo taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal became a symbol of patriotism and grit of the U.S. Marines. Graves served in church ministry following the war and has sung the national anthem twice at Texas Rangers baseball games.
Make your $3.00 luncheon reservation in the church office by Tuesday, June 11.