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A Day on Iwo Jima

My husband and I were invited by the commanding general of the III MEF in Okinawa to attend a ceremony on March 12, 2003 commemorating the 58th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. It was a very moving day, visiting the sites that saw 47,000 dead or wounded on the island. I had this gallery posted on another site and when I saw there was a movie coming out this week about Iwo Jima, thought it might be appropriate to post it here as well. All shots taken with a Sony F717.
View of Iwo Jima from the air
View of Iwo Jima from the air
Mt. Suribachi, where the American flag was raised
Mt. Suribachi, where the American flag was raised
Memorial on Mt. Suribachi
Memorial on Mt. Suribachi
Fortifications
Fortifications
U.S. Navy ship off Iwo Jima
U.S. Navy ship off Iwo Jima
Marines
Marines
Listening to a JSDF NCO
Listening to a JSDF NCO
Collecting the sand of Invasion Beach
Collecting the sand of Invasion Beach
Marines on the beach
Marines on the beach
Amphibious landing
Amphibious landing
Amphibious landing
Amphibious landing
Amphibious landing
Amphibious landing
Our transportation
Our transportation
Convoy
Convoy
Lt. Gen. Chip Gregson, our host
Lt. Gen. Chip Gregson, our host
Color Guard, ceremony
Color Guard, ceremony
Color Guard
Color Guard
Maj. Gen. Fred Haynes, Ret.
Maj. Gen. Fred Haynes, Ret.
Iwo Jima vets
Iwo Jima vets
Iwo Jima vets
Iwo Jima vets
Iwo Jima vets
Iwo Jima vets
Laying a wreath
Laying a wreath
Closing ceremony
Closing ceremony
Bullet-riddled cave
Bullet-riddled cave
Japanese gun
Japanese gun
Destroyed Japanese gun emplacement
Destroyed Japanese gun emplacement
Four generals and a colonel
Four generals and a colonel
Suribachi memorial
Suribachi memorial
A bit of color on the island
A bit of color on the island
Sole palm we saw on the island
Sole palm we saw on the island
Consul General Betts and me
Consul General Betts and me
Japan Self-Defense Force cargo plane
Japan Self-Defense Force cargo plane
Lined up and ready to go
Lined up and ready to go
Our C12
Our C12
Control tower, Iwo Jima airport
Control tower, Iwo Jima airport
View of Iwo Jima from the air
View of Iwo Jima from the air