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Commemorating 75 years: The Raising of the U.S. Flag on Iwo Jima

900 West Marion Ave
Bldg B
Punta Gorda, FL

Commemorating 75 years: The Raising of the U.S. Flag on Iwo Jima

  • 2/22/20
  • Location: Military Heritage Museum, 900 West Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL
  • Phone: (941) 575-9002
  • Time: 10:00 AM
The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) was a major battle in which the United States Marine Corps and Navy landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during World War II. The American invasion, designated Operation Detachment, had the goal of capturing the entire island, including the three Japanese-controlled airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands. This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War of World War II. Despite the bloody fighting and severe casualties on both sides, the American victory was assured from the start. Overwhelming American superiority in numbers and arms as well as complete air supremacy—coupled with the impossibility of Japanese retreat or reinforcement, along with sparse food and supplies—permitted no plausible circumstance in which the Americans could have lost the battle. Joe Rosenthal's Associated Press photograph of the raising of the U.S. flag on top of the 169 m (554 ft) Mount Suribachi by six U.S. Marines became an iconic image of the battle and the American war effort in the Pacific. Featuring Public Programs (free/donation): Special Exhibit in the museum Atrium All Access Pass Activities*: Featured Documentary*: Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades For the men who fought perhaps the fiercest battle of WWII, 70 years have passed. But the memories of those 36 bloody days on Iwo Jima have not. Now, in 2015, men who lost so much make the emotional pilgrimage back to face the defining moment of their lives. There is no other battle in any 20th century war where former enemies would later come together for a ceremony of remembrance and forgiveness. - Gulf Theater Showtime: 11:00 am Featured Lecture: Blue Water Red Blood by DL Havlin Havlin simultaneously peeks at the events of the1928 Okeechobee Hurricane that struck Florida, and how Don Roebling was determined to invent a rescue boat that can conquer the swamps, the flooding, and the debris to save lives. The partnership that followed became history, and the creation of what would soon be known as the Higgins Boats would change the course of not only the war, but the world. From the swamps of Florida, these boats inspired the creation of the landing crafts that brought the Marines to the beaches of Normandy and later to Iwo Jima! - Gulf Theater Showtime: 1:00 PM Flight Simulators*: Iconic P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk Academy Library*: Rare collections from WWII in the Pacific Celebrating Feb. 22; actual date February 23, 1945.
Commemorating 75 years: The Raising of the U.S. Flag on Iwo Jima