Ryan Parrott (Sons of the Flag founder), Donald Graves (Iwo Jima Marine), First Sergeant Matt Eversmann. Photo credit: Sons of the Flag/Melissa Macatee.
Sons of the Flag, located in Dallas, held its sixth annual Stars & Stripes Luncheon, presented by the Clay Cooley Auto Group, on November 4, 2019, at Dallas Country Club. The luncheon featured First Sergeant Matt Eversmann, portrayed by Josh Hartnett in the film, Black Hawk Dawn.
The program featured a welcome by Pete Delkus, WFAA-TV chief meteorologist and Donald G. Graves, a 94-year-old Iwo Jima Marine survivor, who sang the national anthem.
First Sergeant Eversmann was the keynote speaker and told the harrowing story of the time in Mogadishu and how realistic the movie Black Hawk Down was. He told the audience, “It showed a true accuracy of urban warfare.” For his actions on the battlefield, Eversmann was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor device along with many other accolades.
The event raised funds to support burn survivors with critical treatment and supplies, and to increase the number of trained burn surgeons.