DEDICATED - 10 a.m., March 16, 2002 at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii (MCBH)
A TRIBUTE TO ALL WHO Have Served AND Continue To Serve Our Great Nation.
Thank you to all who have made this tribute possible.
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The Flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima is the most recognized symbol of WWII in the Pacific. Even though it took place in the Pacific and these men trained to take Mt. Suribachi in Hawaii, there is no site which tells their story and pays tribute to all that was sacrificed against all odds for our country.
The Pacific War Memorial Association is pleased to announce that the Pacific War Memorial in Hawaii is now at the entrance to Marine Corps Base Hawaii. It is a copy of the National Iwo Jima Memorial in Newington, CT. This memorial depicts a moment in time - the flag raising atop Mt. Suribachi on February 23, 1945 during the Battle Of Iwo Jima, immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph.
The memorial was cast by Salvatore Perrotta of Sculpture House Casting in New York, and was dedicated March 16, 2002. The 500-member National Iwo Jima Survivors' Association, led by its president, Dr. George Gentile, made the molds from their memorial available for this project.
A circular walkway of honor containing inscribed stones with the names of donors has been built around the base of the monument in September 2002, additional stones will be added. Four benches are situated next to the monument, allowing visitors a place to rest and gaze upon the figures and look out across the Kaneohe Bay to the Koolau Mountain Range. The memorial is open to the public. Future generations of visitors, Sailors, and Marines will be inspired as they view this memorial and interact with each other as they learn WWII history."For the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue."
- Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander, Pacific Fleet, 1945.
Iwo Jima was America's battle in the Pacific. The flag raising, immortalized by Joe Rosenthal's photograph, is the symbol of jointness of effort, sacrifice, and patriotism during World War II.
Training for this battle took place on Guam, Maui, and the island of Hawaii. It is fitting that this symbol now exists in the Pacific as a tribute to all who have served and continue to serve our great Nation.
The Pacific War Memorial Association has collected oral historical and photographic documentary history associated with the Battle of Iwo Jima as well as other military conflicts in the Pacific.
Funds are needed as we care for and expand the collection.
*The Pacific War Memorial Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are welcome, and may be mailed to: P.O. Box 1761, Honolulu, HI 96806. For more information, please contact Alice or Bee Clark by fax at (808) 885-0313 or by e-mail at:
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