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|There are many ways to honor the sacrifices
of our military. Some are honored by sculptures and statues. Some by dedications
of buildings or parks or even highways. Others are honored by the written
word that recall the lives and deeds of veterans.
Further, it is unlikely that any one person can fully comprehend the battles for whom those memorials are raised. Most veterans will admit they didn't grasp it until years later. Sometimes not even then.
On the internet there are many websites about Iwo Jima, both official and personal - especially for that very famous sculpture on the Potomac and the photograph which inspired it. They are easy to find. Any search engine can find them using the keywords: Iwo, Jima, memorial.
Perhaps a closer examination of a few of the warriors and their roles in a given conflict can provide a glimmer of insight into their battle or campaign. The link that is selected here leads to what is mainly an excerpt from a book. A book about six young Americans, a flag, a hill and a Pacific Island called Iwo Jima: what they did long ago and each of their lives during and after that single moment of time.
Like the previous section above for Iwo Jima, this link focus on something beyond a specific memorial; in this instance, the D-Day landing of 6 June 1944. Rather, the page centers on just TWO WORDS from a fairly recent movie about that day. A movie which like all Hollywood productions has some historical flaws. But a movie which nevertheless served to make the generations who came after World War II sit up and take notice of that mid 20th-century confilct and what their elders did in that time.
Society of The Honor Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Solider is a non-profit
association organized expressly for and wholly committed to protecting
and enhancing the welfare and image of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
and the soldiers who stand guard, past and present.
The Society works toward preserving
and maintaining records, educating the public concerning the history of
the Tomb and the Unknown Soldiers, as well as the history of the Guards
who have stood watch over them since 1926.
NOTE: See their SITE INDEX for links to excellent historical background about
the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
|To those in military service and to
our veterans, The Stars and Stripes represents much more than our American
flag. They recognize it as the newspaper that serves as a medium between
soldiers and their families, as well as a reporter of news.
Over the last 139 years, millions of copies of The Stars and Stripes have been distributed throughout the world. And, it all began during the Civil War in the town of Bloomfield, located in southeast Missouri.
It was here on November 9, 1861 that 10 Illinois Union soldiers, using the vacated press of The Bloomfield Herald, published the first "Stars and Stripes" which they named after the American flag. One of the original copies of that 1861 paper is now owned by the Stoddard County Historical Society and to be put on loan with the museum.
The Stars and Stripes (newspaper) flourished
during each of the five major wars this country has fought.
To date, (they) have built a start-up museum of international importance in America's heartland. Numerous artifacts, graphics, and newspapers dating from the Civil War to the present are on display. Initial response has been phenomenal. For example, in 1999 the newly opened museum received thousands of artifacts for display from almost two hundred donors and was visited by more than 5,000 people.
Many more artifacts are being made available
from private citizens and members of the Stars and Stripes Alumni Association
as they donate their life-long collections as a public legacy.
Stars and Stripes Museum/Library Association Inc. (Another website)
The On-Line version of the ORIGINAL Stars and Stripes
The Stars and Stripes -- Doughboy Journalism in World War I
Harold Ross and the Staff of Stars and Stripes