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This day in history: Flag raising on Iwo Jima

This day in history: Flag raising on Iwo Jima

by Michael Boo

On February 23, 1945, a group of United States Marines and a United States Navy corpsman created one of the most iconic images of World War II. During the Battle of Iwo Jima, they ascended to the top of Mount Suribachi on the South Pacific Island and raised an American flag. The photograph not only won a Pulitzer Prize for Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, it also became the model for the larger-than-life size United States Marine Corps War Memorial in Washington DC. Thirty-one years after the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima and during the celebration of America's Bicentennial, the Madison Scouts re-created the photograph at the end of the corps' opener, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." For those who were around then to witness the show, it's hard to believe that the corps performance was closer in time to World War II than it is to today, 36 years later. Enjoy this clip from Madison Scouts' 1976 show, honoring the flag-raising event on Iwo Jima 67 years ago today.

1976 Madison Scouts

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