72nd Anniversary, Iwo Jima, Reunion of Honor

72nd Anniversary Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor Deposit

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.

Iwo Jima Flag

United States Air Force Academy

Air Force Academy : Speaking to the Cadets

I Flew For Freedom! I Live For Peace!

Blackened Canteen Ceremony, Pacific Aviation Museum, Pearl Harbor

Blackened Canteen Ceremony

7am to 8am – Honoring the 74th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. Blackened Canteen Ceremony hosted by Dr. Hiroya Sugano M.D. aboard the USS Arizona. Dr. Hiroya Sugano, Director General of the Zero Fighter Admirers’ Club, comes from Japan to conduct this annual commemoration of peace and reconciliation ceremony with a silent prayer and pouring bourbon whisky from a WWII-blackened canteen into the water from the USS Arizona Memorial as an offering to the spirits of the fallen. The public and press are invited on a first come, first served basis.

Blackened Canteen Ceremony

Iwo Jima Association

Iwo Jim Association attending Daughters of WWII event honoring Bonnie Haynes, Director of the Iwo Jima Association.

 

Thank You For Your Service

AS WE OBSERVE VETERANS DAY NOVEMBER 11, let us celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans. Let us remember with gratitude those who made the greatest sacrifice, their lives, for our freedom and democracy. Let us openly and genuinely extend our appreciation to those in our families, our communities and around the country, who have given of themselves so that we may live in a better country. ¦

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BY GLENN MILLER • FLORIDA WEEKLY CORRESPONDENT

Simpson College