March 3, 2013 in Southeast
*We had this cartoon prepared for the anniversary of Flag Raising of Iwo Jima on February 23rd (it just didn’t arrive on time).
Fact: Although you might think the raising of the Flag depicted the end of this battle, it actually occurred on the 5th day in! The battle continued for another thirty days (ended on March 26, 1945).
The Flag Raising photo is one of my favorite – not just because it was an amazing photograph that it won a Pulitzer Prize, or even that it is the inspiration behind the Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington D.C., but because it immortalized six heroes…three of which whom didn’t come home. Can you imagine how the families of (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, and Michael Strank) must feel when they look at the photograph or visit the memorial? The thought of how they might feel leaves me with a loss for words.
If you are looking for a little inspiration of your own to remember the battle of Iwo Jima this month, I encourage you to visit The United States Marine Corps War Memorial in D.C.
Planning to visit:
You could be in for a treat if you can’t make it to the memorial in March as the US Marine Corp holds Sunset Parades at the memorial on Tuesday evenings during the summer! (My family will love this!)