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70 years since the flag raising on Iwo Jima

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The flag raising on Mount Suribachi (PHOTO: Cropped Photo: Louis R. Lowery / MGN  ) The flag raising on Mount Suribachi (PHOTO: Cropped Photo: Louis R. Lowery / MGN )
KHQ.com - It's been 70 years on Monday since U.S. Marines on Iwo Jima captured Mount Suribachi and raised the American flag, which was captured on camera in what is now an iconic photograph.


There were actually two flag-raisings that day, and it was the second one that is seen in the infamous picture.


Some WWII vets who were there, now in their 90's, were in Arlington, Virginia to attend the wreath laying ceremony at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. The ceremony honors Marines and Sailors who were killed and wounded in action during the battle, which successfully seized control of the island from japanese forces.


The battle was one of the bloodiest and fiercest battles in the Pacific during World War II. More than 8,000 Marines were killed in action and another 19,000 were wounded. 

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