The 72nd Anniversary Commemoration will be Saturday 25 March, 2017 on Iwo Jima as the Joint Ceremony with the Japanese will be conducted at the Memorial above Red Beach. Visits to Mt. Suribachi and the Landing Beaches to walk the “Black Sands” are scheduled. The Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) in cooperation with United Airlines have a chartered jet for the day long visit to walk the battlefields of this epic clash during the Pacific War. Guam will again be the base of operations for the IJAA Battle Symposium and 72nd Anniversary Banquet. Dates are the ones that are being coordinated with the Japanese and U.S. State Departments.