Friday, November 11, 2005

Veterans Day 2005

One of the less famous photo's of the Flag-Raising on Mount Surabachi, Iwo Jima, February, 1945. The Mountaintop was an early priority objective so that the flag could be raised on the highest point of the Island to serve as visual inspiration to US troops still engaged in fierce combat below. To put today’s sacrifices into perspective; in 36 days of combat in the single battle of Iwo Jima only 60 years ago, the US suffered 25,851 casualties, of which 6,825 were killed. Over 22,000 Japanese soldiers perished. Many today need reminding that History didn’t begin yesterday.

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