World War II Servicemen Raise American Flag on Mt. Suribachi 67 Years Ago
It was 67 years ago that American servicemen landed on the shores of Iwo Jima to fight what would become the bloodiest battle in Marine history. During the fifth day of battle, one of the most historic events of World War II took place. We are talking about February 23rd, the day five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi for the first time ever on Japanese soil. Joe Rosenthal’s photograph of this would become an iconic image and most recognized symbol of WWII American heroism.
Lead by Dr. George Gentile, survivors of the battle formed the Iwo Jima Survivors Association and worked to raise the necessary funds to build the National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument which proudly sits on the Newington/New Britain town line. The monument was dedicated on February 23, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the historic flag raising. The Survivors built the monument as a tribute to their 6,821 comrades who died during that battle, including at least 100 men from Connecticut whose names are inscribed on it.
In remembrance of the 67th anniversary of the flag raising on Mt. Suribachi, Foundation member Mark Adamski and other members of the Fleet Marine Force and Foundation will be on hand to meet and speak with visitors. Mark, who is a WWII historian and reenactor, will be dressed in the uniform worn by Marines during the invasion. He will have
memorabilia, photos and mementos from the battle on display and will be available to answer
There will be brief ceremony to place a wreath at the monument to honor those
who fought and died during the battle.
The event will take place on February 23rd, 2012 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the anniversary ceremony starting around 10:15 a.m. Displays will be available throughout the day, weather permitting. Everyone is welcome.
The National Iwo Jima Memorial Park is located near CCSU at the intersection of Barbour Rd. and Ella Grasso Boulevard. It is accessible from exit 29 off Route 9. In case of inclement weather, any changes will be posted on the Foundation’s Facebook page at “Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, Inc.”
You may also check http://www.SOSIwoJima.com or call Gary at 860-810-8736.