Town To Honor Malvin “Mal” Walker & Local World War II Veterans
The Estes Park Town Board will honor local resident Malvin “Mal” Walker, recent recipient of the French Legion of Honor, and other local World War II veterans in a brief ceremony at the beginning of the Feb. 12 Town Board meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room at Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. All Estes Valley WWII veterans are encouraged to attend, as well as anyone who wishes to show appreciation to those who served.
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.”
The Town Board will re-proclaim Feb. 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.
For more information about the ceremony, or if you are a WWII veteran who plans to attend, contact Laurie Button at 970-577-3700 or email@example.com.