On February 19,1945 The United States Marines landed on Iwo Jima during WWII. Over 6,800 U.S service members persished in this battle. My grandfather was friends with Joe Rosenthal,the gentleman who took the iconic picture of the flag raising on Mt. Sarabachi. I inherited this photo when my grandfather passed away. Since then I have put volcanic sand and rock where the 4th and 5th Marine regiments stormed the island. Being a Marines Coprs veteran, I cherish this piece of history just as much as I cherish being an American citizen! God bless to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.