I had intended on writing this post on Monday, but I was busy at work and then pooped here at home. I decided to put it off and managed to keep putting it off until this evening.
Monday was the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Called Operation Detachment, the fighting was long and hard, lasting until March 27th. The island was critical to defeating Japan as it afforded the bombers a refueling location on the way to main land Japan.
Barely a speck on the surface of the Pacific Ocean, once explored by Captain Cook himself, the islands true claim to fame was the photo taken by Joe Rosenthal that won the Pulitzer for Photography. With in days of when the photo was taken, three of the 6 men were killed, and a total of 26,000 marines were killed or injured in just 26 days. In addition, the USS Bismarck was sunk & the USS Saratoga was as close to sinking as a ship can get.
Every year, there are less and less WWII vets around. All of them, are over 90 years old, my Step Grandpa Douglass being one of them. People these days can’t be bothered with each other, let alone looking backward. It seems like people are taking a long drink from the same well the Nazi’s did. I wonder what the future holds for the world. Will it be like the fall of Rome, when the world was plunged into the Dark Ages for 700 years? If the terrorists get their way, that’s exactly what will happen.
What I saying is, remember those who came before you, especially those who fought in the name of freedom & peace.
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