The US Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington VA, better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, honors those Marines who have served and died defending the US since the inception of the Corps in 1775. The Memorial is modeled after the iconic photograph by Joseph Rosenthal.
|A second photo atop Mt Suribachi, Iwo Jima - Feb 1945 (AP/Joe Rosenthal)|
Rosenthal took the photo after a famous battle during World War II on the tiny strategic island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean about 660 miles south of Tokyo, Japan.
It was on this date, Feb 23, 1945, after fierce fighting that US Armed Forces endured a tortuous climb and ultimately raised a tiny American Flag at the summit of Mt Suribachi heartening men all over the island. After the slopes were cleared of enemy resistance that afternoon, a larger flag was raised by 5 Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman and the iconic photo was taken.
Today, we remember and salute our Marine Veterans and those who fought
beside them and express our eternal gratitude for the Freedoms we hold dear.