Iwo Jima Living Memorial
The Racine MCL Detachment #346 has been honoring and preserving the memory of the flag-raising since 1946 with the “Living Memorial” Iwo Jima Float. Live MCL members are bronzed to reproduce and hold the stance of the flag-raisers in the Rosenthal photograph. We have performed this tribute in hundreds of parades, NFL Football half-time, local sporting events and on-stage Veterans Salute performances.
As this is a newsworthy story within itself, what has grown from the Original Detachment 346 Living Memorial in 1946 is an even more historical tribute to Veterans. Additional Living Memorial floats have been added to the Racine Parade throughout the years. This includes the The Boys of 76, Vietnam, World War I, Spirit of 76, War Nurses, etc.
In order to depict a true representation of a bronze monument statue, extensive preparation of proper era uniforms, bronzing the clothes and applications of bronzing make-up to each individual is a time consuming effort. Dedication to detail is imperative in honoring the memory of these brave Veterans.
The Marine Corps League Iwo Jima Float extends this detail to having each flag-raiser member wear the corresponding replica dog tags of the Marine officially identified in the position they will depict.