Iwo Jima monument merits a home in Bradenton's Veterans Park

July 11, 2013 

Iwo Jima Monument Auction

This photo combination shows, at left, a 1945 photo of the original 12 1/2-foot cast stone version of Felix de Weldon's iconic statue depicting soldiers raising the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima, placed in front of the old Navy Department Building, now the Federal Reserve Building, in Washington, D.C.; and, at right, de Weldon's 32-foot-tall bronze Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va.. Courtesy of RODNEY HILTON BROWN, left, and JACQUELYN MARTIN, right


Regarding the Iwo Jima memorial, there is only one place to stand this memorial, and that's at the Veterans Park behind the Manatee Memorial Hospital. With this statue, everyone will be able to see, and link this with all veterans, past and present. We owe this to all of them.

There are a lot of people who do not know about this park, and seeing this will enlighten them on the very meaning of what the Veterans Park is all about.

Thank you, from the Honor Guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10141 in Bradenton.

Jerry Gallagher, Honor Guard CaptainBradenton

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