Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day to recognize those who died in service to the country. Remembering those who gave their lives so we could be free means even more today because of the deaths overseas to bring us and others freedom is occurring daily.

I ran across an article about the Iwo Jima flag raising yesterday and it was timely. So, I wanted to share it and some information. I was under the impression that the flag-raising picture was a re-enactment and therefore, I didn't care much for the shot. Then, I was reading an old Reader's Digest and saw that it wasn't a re-eanctment, but actually what happened ws the first shot was of a small flag and the photographer wasn't even sure he got the shot. The famous shot occurred later that day when a grop of Marines brought a bigger flag to be raised and be seen better better. This marine has a good account of it.

So, hang your flag, say some prayers and thank a veteran.


  • At 8:49 PM, May 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Semper Fi !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At 8:23 PM, June 01, 2006, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Or as the Soldiers would say, Hua!


  • At 11:18 PM, June 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I read "Booknotes" a few weeks ago, a compilation of American stories from the CEO of CSPAN, and you almost have it right. Earlier another flag had been put up there. These men were sent back up to put a bigger/more prominent one up. The photographer didn't even think he had gotten the shot: difficult angle, thought it was unclear, etc. and had the men pose for a cheesy shot. Well, later after he sent the photos out, he got a comment on the "great shot" and thought they were joking because he was sure the cheesy one was the one used. So the shot is pure accident in a way. Unfortuanatly, all these men have sad stories attached to their futures after this shot was taken. None of these men lived all that long after the shot was taken.


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