For most, Feb. 23, is just another day in February, but for some World War II Veterans, it is a reminder of something much more important.
Feb. 23 marks the 66th anniversary of the most historical day of World War II; the seizure of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima, Japan.
Some Americans remember the historical American flag-raising by five Marines and one Navy Corpsman, but few will ever understand the epic battle for Iwo Jima that cost the United States 4,500 lives and wounded 24,096 Marines and sailors.
On Feb. 23, from 1-3 p.m., at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis, Detachment 1, Communication Company, United States Marine Corps from Peru, Ind., pays tribute to all that served and sacrificed for the battle of Iwo Jima. Det. 1 invites all Iwo Jima and World War II veterans, families and friends to the first Iwo Jima Memorial Service in Indianapolis.
The service includes: Marine Corps Color Guard and Rifle Detail, music/band provided by Tipton High School, social to meet and greet with fellow Iwo Jima veterans, Mt. Suribachi flag raising re-enactment, 21 gun rifle salute, guest of honor speech and Taps.
Note: If you are an actual Iwo Jima vet who is planning to attend and would like your name to be on the program, please contact Staff Sgt. Justin Frank by Feb. 15, at Justin.email@example.com, or phone 1-765-688-4421. Please leave your name, rank, phone number, address and number of guests attending.
If you or your organization would like to support this event with services or donations, please contact Capt. Markus Trouerbach at firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 1-317-379-9797.
This event is open to the public, but all seating will be arranged for World War II veterans/family/friends and registered guests.
All other seating will be first-come, first-serve.
Please be advised, some of the service will be outside, so dress accordingly.