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US Marines Raised The American Flag Over Iwo Jima 71 Years Ago Today.

On February 23, 1945, U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi and raised a pair of American Flags that gave Americans hope that World War II would be coming to an end soon.

On February 19, 1945, U.S. Marines began a five-week battle to claim the island 750 miles south of the Japanese mainland. On February 23, 1945, American flags were raised. While the moment gave hope to wars end, the battle continued for many more weeks, and three of the Marines who raised the flag were later killed in action.

The first flag that was raised was replaced as it was too small to be seen from the coast. The second flag raised is the one captured by photographer Joe Rosenthal. Rosenthal almost missed the raising of the flag, and in doing so, decided to shoot the image without the use of his viewfinder, and what he captured won the Pulitzer Prize.

The moment was also captured on video by a Marine photographer.

The image has become one of the most iconic images of World War II, and became the inspiration for Felix de Weldon’t Marine Corps War Memorial sculpture next to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.  The Sculpture stands for all Marines who have died for their country past and present.

All day Tuesday, the Marines Corps’ official Twitter account live-Tweeted the battle as if it were happening in real time, and you can follow by using #TweetsFromIwo.

 

Article source: http://us995.cbslocal.com/2016/02/23/u-s-marines-raised-the-american-flag-over-iwo-jima-71-years-ago-today/

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