Missing Man Flyover Wraps Up Saturday’s Iwo Jima Reunion Events

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Among many things, the Iwo Jima reunion is about remembering those brave young men who didn’t make it home, and they were remembered through a flyover from three planes out of Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon.

Three T-34 planes from the “T-34 Twisters” group flew over the veterans watching from the pool area of the Holiday Inn Express.

Taps was played as one plane left the formation.

That plane signified the soldier who did not make it home.

The Twisters have become a staple of this event, and organizers shared with us what their favorite part about watching the flyover is.

“I think it’s probably watching them come back and listen to the bugler play taps, do the salute do designate the loss of the people that have been in battle,” reunion co-coordinator Jack Lavy says.  

There is one more Iwo Jima reunion event on Sunday, February 15th. 

It all starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Wellington Banquet Hall.

There will be a memorial service that will be conducted by Lutheran-ordained minister, Rev. Kelly Ahola, who’s the daughter of Iwo Jima survivor Dr. Kelly Burns.

There will also be a flag folding ceremony by Sheppard Air Force Base Honor Guard members and echo taps as well.

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