Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Wordless 61: America...a Great Nation

This image has the reputation of being the most reproduced image of all time, and most people simply refer to it as Iwo Jima. The image depicts U.S. Marines raising the American flag at the summit of Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II

Did you know there were two flags raised on Mt. Suribachi that day? Did you know three of the five flag raisers played themselves in the John Wayne movie Sands of Iwo Jima? Did you know one of the five flag raisers (Ira Hayes) was a Native American?

Does this image portray America as a great nation? Why or why not?


SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for the back story! The monument in DC is very powerful, too. Well done and passionate and sensitive. What a moment.

Anonymous said...

Today was the day to vote in our state... your picture is so patriotic and perfect.

The Tour Marm said...

'Teamwork and hard work are the elements needed for victory' is the theme of my talks here. This is one of the most impressive sites in the world to me and I am pleased it is in my backyard.

I did write about the 'myth of the hands' in a previous post, you might find that interesting.

Anonymous said...

That is a powerful moment!

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