IMPORTANT: Project Relaunch October 2020
Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest
Our efforts are to preserve and expand the awareness of the how importance of this significant image is to the history of the United States. We are building a new Iwo Jima Monument in the Midwest, honoring the Marines who paid the ultimate sacrifice to retain the values and freedoms we enjoy today.
Your support, along with numerous Services Veterans Groups, Marines and American Companies will insure the success of this endeavor and pay tribute to the thousands of men and women who protect our country every day.
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The Marines raising of the US flag over Mount Suribachi was the first foreign flag ever to fly on Japanese soil. The photograph of the flag raising was taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It became an iconic image of not only the battle, but of the War in the Pacific and one of the most reproduced photographs in the world.
In 1951 the US Congress commissioned the building of the Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Monument). The worlds largest bronze statue at 100 tons captures the essence of the photograph and preserves its tribute to Marines who fought in battle from 1775 to Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is with these significant tenants of patriotism and courage that the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project was initiated. With the eve of the 75th Anniversary of the Flag-Raising in 2020 approaching ours efforts are to preserve and expand the awareness of how important our history is in retaining these values identified with the Iwo Jima Memorial. In 36 days of fighting on the 2×4 mile wide island, nearly 7,000 Marines lost their lives and 20,000 were wounded
We are currently working with the support of Veterans Organizations, Veterans Service Office, County and City of Racine Executives, Marine Corps League Members and Veterans of all branches of the services to raise the $4 million dollars needed to complete this 20,000 lb bronze statue. The overall dimensions will be 40% size of the original statue. The 6 Marines will be 2x life size or 13 ft tall, cast in 66 total pieces then seamlessly welded together.
The New Monument will be placed in Pritchard Park, Racine, Wisconsin. The Memorial will be a destination point for visitors throughout the Midwest. Educational trips for schools will be planned along with numerous Veterans support events. Your donations will help “Build, Preserve and Honor” the Marines and Veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.