Walk Of Honor 2018
Posted on 10/22/2018
Walk of Honor 2018

Donald Graves grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, he answered the call to serve his country by enlisting in the Marines at the young age of 17.  He wen through boot camp in San Diego, California. He then went to Camp Elliot, about 25 miles north of San Diego. They were being readied for maneuvers. The first location was in New Zealand where they were being organized as the Second Anti-Tank Battalion. After this battalion was disbanded, he was sent to New Caledonia as a member of a unit on stand-by to be used as needed.  Mr. Graves and a few others were picked to return to Camp Pendleton where the 5th division was formed.  Next, he went to Camp Tarawa on the Big Island of Hawaii. It was at Camp Tarawa that the divisions were formed. Mr. Graves was a member of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Regiment (“Diamond Back”), 5th Marine Division.  Mr. Graves’s weighed 126 pounds and his task was to carry a 70 pound flamethrower strapped to his back.  He was in the third wave to land on Iwo Jima during February, 1945. After his service to his country, Mr. Graves became a minister in serving many around the United States.  He now lives with his daughter in Keller and continues to educate students as well as adults about his experience as a survivor of the Battle of Iwo Jima. **The 2018 Veteran’s Tribute is held in honor of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action**

**There will be tours in the Veteran’s Memorial Garden after the breakfast**

The Honor of Your Presence is Requested

8:40 am:  (Don’t be late for this!)  Red Carpet Walk of Honor

8:55-10:00 am: A Tribute to Veteran’s Program, Madeleine Hemley Auditorium

10:00-11:00 am: Veteran’s Breakfast, GHS Library     

11:00-11:30 am: A dedication in the Veteran’s Memorial Garden

**We request that all Veterans wear their medals**

Please RSVP at 817-251-5210