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County Executive McCoy to Join Local Veterans To Mark Anniversary of Flag Raising at Iwo Jima
The Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 proved to be one of the most significant milestones in World War II. The historical significance of the struggle for the island cannot be understated, as reports indicate that one third of all Marine casualties during the war occurred at Iwo Jima. It was the only Marine battle during the war in which more Americans were killed than Japanese. During the battle, there were more than 26,000 casualties in the fight that lasted from Feb. 19-March 26, 1945. The battles that took place on the island included some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the War in the Pacific of World War II. On February 23, 1945 Joe Rosenthal snapped the iconic photograph that depicted five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the flag. It has been reprinted thousands of times and it is regarded as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the World War II. To commemorate this event and its place in American history, there will be a flag raising ceremony on Friday, February 22 at 9 a.m. at the Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520 of the American Legion, at 4 Everett Road. Following the flag raising, County Executive McCoy will offer remarks as will Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Chris Gibson and guest speaker Maj. Matthew Milburn. The invocation will be offered by Brother Robert Francis Matthews, a corpsman who served in the Korean War. The 14 remaining local participants in various battles from Guadalcanal to Okinawa have been invited.
Maj. Milburn is a decorated member of the U.S. Marines who serves as Commanding Officer for the 1st Marine Corps District Recruiting Station in Albany. Before that he served as Aide de Camp for the Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations West. He began his career as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from VMI in 2000.