Iwo Jima

Posted by IWO JIMA on 7/24/2003 4:44:05 PM | Views: 445 |

Iwo Jima

One of the most unforgettable and deeply emotional images of World War II is frozen in a sculpture over looking the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia. Iwo Jima The United States Marine Corps Memorial depicts six soldiers as they struggle to raise the American flag in a scene that evokes the monumental courage, determination and sacrifice invested in te hellish Battle of Iwo Jima.

Four days after the Marines landed on the tiny Pacific island, the six men were dispatched to raise the flag on Iwo Jima highest point. A news photographer captured moment in a photo that flashed around the world and became a symbol of American bravery. A record 27 Congressional Medals of Honor were awarded for heroism on lwo Jima, but uncommon valor was not the reason the gritty image was chosen for this monument.. The Marine Corps Memorial also pays tribute to the 24,000 American lives that were lost on lwo Jima over 36 days of the most costly battle in the history of the Marines.

Of the six men who raised the flag, three were among the Americans killed on lwo Jima. The three survivors returned home as instant celebrities. They were later used as live models by sculptor Felix de Weldon during castingof his 32-foot high, 100 ton bronze sculpture. DeWeldon's finished work was mounted on a base of graniteand a large flag was given special congressional approval to fly eternally atop the monument. Finally, on November 10th, 1954 the 179th anniversary of theMarines the Marine Corps Memorial was officially dedicated at a ceremony attended by President Dwight Eisenhower.




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