Media Press Kit

The following videos, documents and photographs are provided to assist Media outlets in their development of their stories on the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project. Additional Historical and Reference documents, photos and video links provide pertinent information on the Iwo Jima Memorial.
Note that Historical reference will most likely contain information regarding the six originally identified flag-raisers. This has been changed over the past couple years to reflect the two that were misidentified. 
Key feature storyline topics for IJMM Project are the Statue will for the first time have the faces of the actual six Marine flag-raisers in the Rosenthal photograph.

The local Racine Marine Corps League Detachment 346 has been doing the Living Memorial Iwo Jima Tribute float since 1946 (74 years) and this month is the 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising.
Research has also found that the very first statue molded by sculptor Felix De Weldon to start the Project was made from Johnson Floor Wax. Racine, Wi is their National HQ. Various elements are detailed on the website via the “About the Monument” drop down menu.
Wire Service Press Release 

Overview/Promo Materials


IJMM Project Press Release


IJMM Project Overview


IJMM Project Stages

Leatherneck Magazine

January 2020 - Page 38

February 2020 - Page 36

Images and Photos

Media Coverage

Today's TMJ4: Veteran group fundraising to build Iwo Jima monument in Racine

Seventy-five years ago, six Marines raised the American flag at Iwo Jima, and now a group of Racine veterans is trying to build its own memorial of the iconic image.


Historical Video & Reference

Bill Genaust Full flag-raising video reel

This raw, silent footage from Iwo Jima includes some of the most famous motion picture film shot in WWII: the second U.S. flag raising on top of Mount Suribachi. It was filmed by William Homer “Bill” Genaust of Effingham IL (October 12, 1906 – March 4, 1945) a United States Marine Corps combat cameraman. Genaust was later killed in action on Iwo Jima.


Building of the Monument-Naval History Video

Uncommon Valor: Exemplary documentary looks at the inspiration behind the design of the Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix de Weldon.

Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photographic Section, UM-23.


Restoration of the Iwo Jima Monument

In the late 1940s private funds helped launch the development and construction of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. After nearly 70 years, it’s just finished it’s first major restoration.


US Marine Corps War Memorial

The making of and the meaning behind the massive monument in Arlington, Va.

Close-ups of the Statue and strong voice-over narrative


Shooting Iwo Jima | World War II Documentary

Documentary on the filming of the Marine Corps famous battle.
Smithsonian Channel Documentary.



Newly Identified Flag-raiser Harold Pie Keller- Daughter Kay Maurer Interview- Martha MacCallum Fox News The story

Interview with Pie Kellers daughter Kay Maurer in 2019 covering her fathers newly identified position as one of the Iwo Jima flag-raisers.