70th anniversary of Iwo Jima flag raising remembered


POUGHQUAG – Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley and Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill), a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising.
The photograph taken on February 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal depicts five United States Marines and a United States Navy corpsman raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
The event on Sunday was to honor all those in the military, said Lalor.
“We wanted to remember those who were fighting 70 years ago and honor them and at the same time make sure that our troops they know they are supported and by supporting this group, Semper Fi Parents of the Hudson Valley, they are getting very real and direct support to our troops and our recent veterans getting home,” Lalor said.
Semper Fi President Ruth Recchia noted that “America’s young men and women have been fighting for freedom across the world for generations.”
Recchia has close ties to the military. She is the mother or a former Army captain who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, the wife of a Vietnam veteran and the daughter of a World War II Marine.

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