Town Honors Malvin “Mal” Walker And Local World War II Veterans
At Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting, members of the Estes Park Town Board honored local resident Malvin “Mal” Walker, recent recipient of the French Legion of Honor, and other local World War II veterans in a special ceremony at the beginning of the meeting.
All Estes Valley WWII veterans were encouraged to attend, and Mayor Bill Pinkham commented, “We’re fortunate to live among many servicemen and women who have played a critical role in defending our country and preserving peace.” He continued, “We’re honored to express our gratitude, not only to Mal, but also his fellow World War II veterans.”
Also at the meeting, the Town Board re-proclaimed February 15, 2013 as “Mal Walker Day” in Estes Park, as first proclaimed by the Town Board in 2004.
Walker, a captain in the Army during World War II, was among the first servicemen to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was wounded twice in France and hospitalized in England for three months before returning to the front lines on the German-Belgian border. Following the war he was named Town Major of Bremen, Germany where he helped maintain order within the city’s civilian population. In addition to the Legion of Honor which he received this past November, Walker has been awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star and many other medals and honors.
After the ceremony, veterans received a standing ovation to much applause and the meeting was adjourned briefly for a cake and punch reception in their honor.
Photos EP NEWS/ Kris & Gary Hazelton