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Iwo Jima Veterans to be Reunited in Wichita Falls

The annual Iwo Jima reunion starts Friday.
It's been almost seven decades since U.S. armed forces fought for and captured Iwo Jima.

Many of those heroes are no longer with us, but a group of Texomans continues their work each year of honoring those who bravely fought.

The annual Iwo Jima Reunion makes its return to this weekend.

Survivors will return to Wichita Falls to share their stories and reunite with fellow soldiers.

Jack Lavy, reunion coordinator, says, "It's important for the community to see the people because they're not going to be around very much longer. Most of them are 88 to 95. Woody Williams is coming in from West Virginia: the last living Medal of Honor recipient, [he] is 90-years-old."

The reunion starts Friday with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Wellington.

The veterans will then go to Sheppard Elementary School where they'll have lunch.

Friday night there's a show and dance at the Wellington.

You can buy tickets there.

Then Saturday morning, a reunion favorite, the flag raising reenactment, starts around 9:30 a.m. at the Wellington.

Veterans will be available to talk to the public from 1:30 until 3 p.m. at the hotel.

Then at 3 p.m, a missing man flyover from DFW will honor those heroes we lost.

Saturday night there will be an all forces dinner at the Wellington.

You can buy tickets there.

And Sunday morning there will be a memorial service.

That's also at the wellington and will start at 9 a.m.
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