DENVER (CBS4) – Six World War II veterans in Colorado were honored on Nov. 13 with a tribute performance at Mile Hi Veterans in Denver. The event featured food and music for veterans and their families.
One of the veterans honored, Don “Whip” Whipple, recently spoke with CBS4 This Morning Anchor Michelle Griego about his service. The 96-year old former Marine in Westminster spent 36 days on the island of Iwo Jima and witnessed the historic raising of the American flag on Feb. 23, 1945.READ MORE: Aurora Mother Whose Child Was Killed in 1995 Shooting Disturbed, Tired of Youth Violence After 5 Shot Over The Weekend
Whipple was tasked with directing artillery fire and he was quickly told to head to Mt Suribachi to be a lookout.
“He said ‘We’re getting pretty close to the top, they’re looking for something to put the flag on,'” Whipple said. “A moment or two later they said ‘Well they got the flag tied on and they’re getting ready to raise it in a minute. In fact there it goes.’ I just watched them raise it up and it was the thrill of my life.”READ MORE: Community Gathers To Light First Candle On 9-Foot Menorah In Arvada
Whipple hopes the price his friends and others paid for this country is never forgotten.
“We have with us today some truly terrific and heroic people,” said Ricardo Lafore, event spokesman.MORE NEWS: Denver Police Investigating Death Of Jacob Brady As Homicide
CBS4’s Michelle Griego helped host the event.