The National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument was unveiled and dedicated on February 23, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the historic flag raising on Mount Suribachi. This flag raising on the island of Iwo Jima was the first time the American flag was flown on Japanese soil.
The Monument is similar to, but not a replica, of the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington, VA. What makes this monument unique is certain features it contains. The base contains 10 different India polished black granite panels. On the front, are inscribed the names of the 100 men from Connecticut who died during the battle and to whom this monument and memorial is dedicated. Also on the panels are names of the men who raised the first and second flag on Mt. Suribachi. There is also a map, famous quotations from the battle and historic facts and figures.
The monument was sculpted by a different artist, Joseph Petrovics. Incorporated into the base is sand from the shores of Iwo Jima. At the feet of the men, are genuine rocks from Iwo Jima. Lastly, the monument also flies a 48-star flag which is historically correct to the time of the flag raising.
Source: Support Our Survivors of Iwo Jima
Note: This is a memorial to the 100 men listed here. They are not buried at this actual location. Links are provided to their actual burial, if known.
GPS Coordinates: 41.69823, -72.75856
- Added: 18 Oct 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2374381
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