Flag Raising, Iwo Jima

October 1, 2006 at 9:54 pm | Posted in history, Pictures | Leave a comment

With the pending release of the Clint Eastwood directed “Flags of Our Fathers” we can expect the media to put this moment on their radar for at least five minutes.

I read the book of the same title a few years ago. James Bradley authored a book that was not jingoistic yet clearly captured the practicalities as well emotion surrounding this iconic photo and the Marines captured in the flag raising.

Joe Rosenthal captured the image while serving as a journalist on Iwo. He passed away in Novato on August 21st of this year. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14446355/). Rosenthal was named an Honorary Marine in 1996.

Here is a timeline of the events surrounding the moments before and after the flag was raised- http://www.iwojima.com/raising/raisingb.htm. This was actually the second raising of the flag – the first raised a flag that was smaller than the one pictured.

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