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Letter: Their sacrifice

I was recently driving eastbound on I-94, near Steele, N.D. Near milepost 200, I saw a billboard with the most famous photo from WW II. Five Marines and a Navy corpsman were raising the second flag on Iwo Jima. The wording on the sign read: “For our nation, for us all.”

I realize that hundreds of thousands of Americans today do not even recognize that photo. Millions of Americans could not tell you what Iwo Jima is, let alone why it was important to our freedom. Fewer still know the name “Mount Suribachi.” Most of our fellow citizens are in the same group as my computer spell-check, they never heard of that mountain where the Marines raised that flag.

Great numbers of Americans who pass by that billboard do not understand what it means. They do not know what a debt we all owe to those thousands of Marines who gave their lives on that sulfur island in the Pacific. They do not realize that our freedom was paid for by millions of men and women, one American at a time.

Hurrah for the 6,700 Marines who died for us on Iwo Jima! Hurrah, for the United States Marines!


Fairmont, W.V.

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