National Iwo Jima Memorial

Charlotte Gambrell

E Block

Why was it built?

It was built because an American flag was raised atop of Mount Suribachi. This was the first time that the American flag had flown on Japanese grounds, marking an incredible turning point in the war. The prize winning photo was recreated in statue form.

When was it built?

It was built September 1954. But the Memorial did not open until November 10.

Where is it located?

It's located on the New Britain - Newington, Connecticut, town line.

More about Iwo Jima.

Dedicated on February 23, 1995, the 50th anniversary of the original flag raising, the Iwo Jima Survivors Memorial Park salutes the 6,821 Americans who died fighting before the planned invasion of Japan. New Britain's Iwo Jima sculpture bears an uncanny resemblance to the one in DC, but was created based on the original photograph of the second flag raising, not the DC statue.

What can you do when you are there?

While you are in the wonderful state of Connecticut you can do many things at the memorial! For example in the little park is a rock vaguely resembling Iwo Jima. Dr. George Gentile ordered that it be placed at the park entrance with a map of the island engraved on it

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