The Grand Prairie Host Lions will be hosting featured Iwo Jima survivor Donald G. Graves on Thursday, Sept. 6. The meeting will be at 12 noon at the Summit, 2975 Esplanade, in Grand Prairie.
Donald, a Marine, served 2 tours in the South Pacific. His division hit the beach on Iwo Jima and secured Mt. Suribachi in 3 days. Thus, the famous flag raising on Mt. Suribachi that Mr. Graves observed first-hand, standing just outside the famous picture viewed worldwide. His story has been shared locally, including an interview with Doug Dunbar of CBS channel 11.
Mr. Graves has been a speaker and singer, performing from Detroit to Hollywood. He has had numerous opportunities to speak about his experience in World War II. Even at 93, he still is active and loves sharing his experiences.