Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Rep. Perlmutter Statement on the 66th Anniversary of the American Flag Raising on the Summit of Mt. Suribachi

“I cannot express my admiration, respect and thanks enough to the brave Americans who fought on Iwo Jima for their selfless service to our country – then and now.”

Lakewood, CO – Today marks the 66th Anniversary of the American flag raising on the summit of Mt. Suribachi , a moment symbolized by the iconic picture taken by Marine photographer Louis Lowery.

“Today, I want to recognize and honor members of the greatest generation who fought so bravely at Iwo Jima 66 years ago. The raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi is a symbol of America ’s spirit, resolve and bravery. Last year, I had the honor of helping 10 Colorado Iwo Jima veterans return to the island for the 65th Anniversary of that historic and bloody battle. These 10 brave Coloradans were stranded on Okinawa after their original charter flight was cancelled.

With the help of the Marine Corps and the Japanese Ambassador, I was able to help them complete their journey to Iwo Jima . Since that time, I have gotten to know these heroes, and I continue to be humbled by their service and sacrifice. These guys are what the greatest generation is all about.”

More information on the historic Battle of Iwo Jima is located on the U.S.M.C. website.

During the Battle on Iwo Jima , U.S. Marines from the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Division captured the summit of Mount Suribachi, the island’s highest peak and most strategic position to raise the U.S. flag. Marine photographer Louis Lowery was with them and documented the event. American soldiers fighting for control of Mt. Suribachi ’s cheered the raising of the flag, and several hours later more Marines headed up to the crest with a larger flag. Joe Rosenthal, a photographer with the Associated Press, met them along the way and recorded the raising of the second flag along with a Marine still photographer and a motion-picture cameraman.