I am a Marine who was on active duty from 1980-1984 although this was before my time I think it is the greatest monument of all. The flag that is flying has 48 stars just like the original flag and sand and stones from IWO JIMA. The most impressive thing is that is was built by the survivors. I visit this monument at least once a month and it brings tears to my eyes every time I'm there.
We are volunteers because we became friends with the Iwo Jima Survivors 17 years ago. Once you get to know them, you develop a deep respect and admiration for them and all our WWII veterans. This is why we have voluntered for so long and continue to do so. We want to continue on with the legacy of these veterans to ensure they and their sacrifices are never forgotten. If they are forgotten, what is to keep today's Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans from being forgotten 60 years from now? Think about it. Someone once said, “The character of a nation can be measured by the way that nation treats its veterans.” Our Organization's Mission is to Maintain the National Iwo Jima Memorial, pay tribute to and honr the men who fought and died there and to educate others about World War II and the the Battle of Iwo Jima. We do this through fundraisers and events that bring about awareness of the Survivors, monument and park. We hold annual ceremonies for the Flag Raising Anniversary, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. We organize and put on events such as the Iwo Jima Survivors Victory Ride, Flag Day Open House and VJ Day Candlelight Ceremony of Remembrance. We give organized tours of the park, hold Armed Forces Commissioning Ceremonies and Memorial Ceremonies for Veterans who have passed away. We are presently raising funds by selling engraved bricks which will be placed around the memorial and by selling flag sponsorships for the 100 men who were KIA. Volunteers are always needed. There is so much more we would like to do to honor our Veterans but are short on help to get it done. Come visit the park and email us if you would like to know more. SOSIwoJima@yahoo.com. Thank You.