The Iwo Jima Memorial is about a 20-minute walk from Arlington National Cemetery. The monument is a moving rendition of  the iconic image of the second flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. On this day in 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi.

The Iwo Jima Memorial is about a 20-minute walk from Arlington National Cemetery. The monument is a moving rendition of the iconic image of the second flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. On this day in 1945, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi.

There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block.    The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

There are six Flag Raisers on the famous Iwo Jima photo. Four in the front line and two in back. The front four are (left to right) Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, John Bradley and Harlon Block. The back two are Michael Strank (behind Sousley) and Rene Gagnon (behind Bradley). Strank, Block and Sousley would die shortly afterwards. Bradley, Hayes and Gagnon became national heroes within weeks.

USMC Silent Drill Team at the Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial

USMC Silent Drill Team at the Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial

Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial | 2017

Marine Corps Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial | 2017

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial Statue

Washington DC Iwo Jima Memorial Statue

Iwo Jima Memorial Cornhole Board

Iwo Jima Memorial Cornhole Board

Iwo Jima Memorial - U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Visit the Iwo Jima U.S. Marine Corps Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial Arlington National Cemetery

Iwo Jima Memorial Arlington National Cemetery

With gray skies in the background, an American flag waves in the wind atop the Iwo Jima Memorial at the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

With gray skies in the background, an American flag waves in the wind atop the Iwo Jima Memorial at the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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