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Friday, October 27, 2006

The flag raising that stays up


The U.S. Marine Monument, also called the Iwo Jima Monument, is one of the most reproduced instances in history, and photographer Joe Rosenthal didn't even see it until sometime after it had been printed on almost every front page in the United States.

Rosenthal photographed the second flag raising on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945 -- the fifth day of fighting there, but there were 30 more days to go, which would claim three of the six in the picture, which became the monument seen here in Arlington, Va., adjacent to the national cemetery.

The survivors were last together here in 1954 when this monument was formally dedicated. Ira Hayes would be dead three months later.

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