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Letter: The flag a symbol of honor for our entire nation

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Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:12 am | Updated: 3:20 pm, Tue Jun 12, 2012.

This Thursday, June 14, will be our National lag Day.

On this date in 1777, the Star Spangled Banner, Old Glory, was chosen as our national flag.

The most revered photo of our flag must be the one showing the flag being raised (for a second time, a larger flag) on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Five Marines and one Navy Corpsman (Medic) are photographed raising a huge flag sewn by a woman at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California. This priceless flag can still be seen at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Washington.

We should never forget that this Flag came to be at a horrific cost: 6,800 Marines killed, 19,000 wounded in just one month’s fighting. One-third of all World War II Marine Corps battle casualties occurred on Iwo Jima, an island only four miles long. The Japanese Soldiers were ordered to fight to the death; 20,000 of the 21,000 Japanese soldiers died fighting which shows the ferocity of the battle. Iwo Jima was the only battle where the American casualties out-numbered the Japanese casualties.

Please honor our fallen heroes who died on Iwo Jima and all of America’s battles that continue to this day. Let us not forget our wounded heroes from all the wars who have suffered and are continuing to suffer from their injuries. Showing the flag this Thursday will also honor the men and women who are currently serving in all of our military branches.

Leon Ceniceros

Mesa

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