Highland Springs to Host Tribute to Dallas-area Iwo Jima Veterans

Event sponsored by Daughters of World War II, Honor Flight DFW

DALLAS, TX---Sixty-seven years ago this weekend, the United States began its invasion of Iwo Jima, a critical strategic point in the Pacific during World War II. Charged with capturing three airfields on the island, over 70,000 American service men participated in the mission.  It is well-chronicled that some of the fiercest fighting during World War II occurred in the six weeks of the campaign between the U.S. and Japan. Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi was also the location of one of the iconic images in American history, Joe Rosenthal's "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima." On Friday morning, February 17th, the Daughters of World War II and Honor Flight DFW will pay tribute to about twelve veterans who survived the Battle of Iwo Jima. The breakfast will take place at Highland Springs, an Erickson Living retirement community in North Dallas.  Two hundred guests, mostly World War II veterans, are anticipated. Major General James "Jim" Williams, retired U.S. Marine from the 4th Division with service in Iraq and Afghanistan, will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, Clyde Jackson, resident of Highland Springs and an Iwo Jima veteran, will be among those  honored.  Mr. Jackson stood next to photographer Joe Rosenthal on Mount Suribachi as he took the infamous image of the flag-raising. Bob Knight, another Highland Springs resident and Iwo Jima resident, will also be honored. WHAT:     Tribute to Dallas-Area Iwo Jima Veterans WHEN:      Friday, February 17th 9:30am-11:30am WHERE:    Highland Springs 8000 Frankford Road Dallas, TX 75252 The on-site contact will be Barbara Blachly, community resources manager for Highland Springs.  She can be reached at 972-232-8000.  For information in advance of the program, please contact Jeff Getek at jeffrey.getek@erickson.com. About Highland Springs: Highland Springs, managed and developed by Erickson Living, is a retirement community that provides worry-free living for America's seniors-the country's fastest growing population segment.  Erickson Living's financial value and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind.  Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into our continuum of care, lead to demonstrated resident benefits.  A robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  For more information, please visit www.ericksonliving.com.