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.