Monday, February 23, 2009

REMEMBERING IWO JIMA: STARS AND STRIPES RAISED 64 YEARS AGO

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The battle of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945, and lasted until March 26, 1945. Officially, the invasion was known as Operation Detachment, and it would prove to be the bloodiest battle in Marine Corps history, with 6,825 Americans killed and thousands more wounded.

On February 23, 1945, 64 years ago today, American forces made it to the top of Mount Suribachi for the raising of the American flag. Joe Rosenthal was on hand with his camera to capture the most famous of WWII images. 3 of the 6 flag raisers were killed before the island was finally secured, but their images have lived on for more than 6 decades and will continue to do so for many more.

The men who went ashore at Iwo Jima were the finest America had to offer. Their dedication, bravery and willingness to lay down their lives in service to their Nation should never be forgotten. Never.

Father Time is claiming this generation at a rapid pace. Soon, all living witnesses to this event will be gone from this earth, but they'll live on in the pages of history. As Americans, it is our duty and responsibility to forever honor these brave souls by telling the story of their heroics at Iwo Jima.

Today, as you go about your routine, take a moment to reflect back to February-March 1945. Honor all who fought and died, and be glad that such men lived.



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