Does Iwo Jima have 13 hands?

Does Iwo Jima have 13 hands?

For more than 60 years, a story has persisted that 13 hands can be seen on the Marine Corps War Memorial, the beloved sculpture in Arlington, Va., that depicts six servicemembers raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi during the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

Where is raising the flag on Iwo Jima statue?

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima/Locations

What happened to the Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima?

Three of the six Marines in the photograph—Sergeant Michael Strank, Corporal Harlon Block, and Private First Class Franklin Sousley—were killed in action during the battle; Block was identified as Sergeant Hank Hansen until January 1947 and Sousley was identified as PhM2c.

Where is the Marine Corps statue?

The US Marine Corps War Memorial is in Virginia near Arlington National Cemetery.

What does the Iwo Jima Memorial represent?

The Iwo Jima Monument located in South Texas and the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington,Va., have symbolized American honor, courage and commitment for almost 70 years. “The monument means a lot more than the raising of a flag. It represents the pride and the importance of standing by your country,” he said.

How do I get a flag flown over the Iwo Jima Memorial?

Flags Flown Over Iwo Jima Memorial 1555 South Gate Rd. The request must include the name, rank, and years of service in the U.S. Marines. The flag must be at least 3×5.

What happened at Iwo Jima?

American forces invaded the island on February 19, 1945, and the ensuing Battle of Iwo Jima lasted for five weeks. In some of the bloodiest fighting of World War II, it’s believed that all but 200 or so of the 21,000 Japanese forces on the island were killed, as were almost 7,000 Marines.

Can you get a flag that was flown over the White House?

There are special flag poles where all flags are flown. After it is flown over the U.S. Capitol, each flag is issued a keepsake Certificate of Authenticity by the AOC. Please contact your representative or senator to obtain a flag flown over the Capitol.

Why are there 13 hands on the Iwo Jima Memorial?

The extra hand is meant to symbolize the hand of God. Legend has it that the Marine Corps War Memorial, commonly referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, shows 13 hands. The statue was based off Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photo, Raising the Flag Over Iwo Jima, which we can assume just depicted twelve hands.

Who was the first person to raise the flag at Iwo Jima?

It is the story of the six boys you see behind me. Six boys raised the flag. The first guy putting the pole in the ground is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were off to play another type of game, a game called “War.”

How old were the boys at Iwo Jima?

I don’t say that to gross you out; I say that because there are generals who stand in front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to know that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen years old.

Why was James Bradley at the Iwo Jima Memorial?

James Bradley just happened to be in Washington, D.C. to speak at the memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good-night to his dad, who had previously passed away, but whose image is part of the statue. He was just about to leave when he saw the buses pull up.