The National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument was unveiled and dedicated on February 23, 1995, the 50th
anniversary of the historic flag raising on Mount Suribachi. This flag raising on the island of Iwo Jima
was the first time the American flag was flown on Japanese soil. The Iwo Jima Survivors Association
raised the funds that were needed to build the monument which is dedicated to the 100 servicemen
from Connecticut that died during the battle.
The Monument is similar to, but not a replica, of the Marine Corps Memorial in Washington D. C. What
makes our monument unique is features it possesses. The base contains 10 different India polished
black granite panels. On the front, are inscribed the names of the 100 men from Connecticut who died
during the battle and to whom the monument is dedicated. Also on the panels are names of the men
who raised the first and second flag on Mt. Suribachi. There is also a map, famous quotations from
the battle and historic facts and figures. Our monument was sculpted by a different artist, Joseph
Petrovics. Incorporated into the base is sand from the shores of Iwo Jima. At the feet of the men, are
genuine rocks from Iwo Jima. Lastly, our monument flies a 48-star flag which is historically correct to
the time of the flag raising.
The Eternal flame was dedicated and first lit on Veterans Day, November 11, 1995. On it is inscribed
"Eternal Flame is in tribute to and in memory all those Americans who fought and died in World War II
in the defense of freedom throughout the world". The Connecticut Natural Gas company donated
services to install the gas line and the black granite pedestal on which the flame burns. The flame
burns 24-hours a day, every day of the year. Leading up to the Eternal Flame is a Memorial Walkway.
The Walkway is inscribed with messages from sponsors. The Memorial Walkway was dedicated and
unveiled on Memorial Day, May 30, 1996
The Chaplains and Medical Corps Monument is dedicated to the chaplains who mended the
servicemens faith and to the medical corpsmen who mended their bodies. In front of this monument,
is the Walkway of Valor. On it is inscribed the names of members of the Iwo Jima Survivors
The entrance to the park welcomes visitors with a sign donated by Mr. Fred Feiffer in memory of his
brother who was KIA. As you stand at the beginning of the walkway leading to the monument, there
are three features to see. To your left, is a monument sign. It was donated by Mr. Michael Timura in
memory of his brother who was KIA. Behind that, is a large boulder that was found while the site
was being excavated. The Survivors noticed that it was shaped like the island of Iwo Jima and so
they decided it should remain on display. To your right, is a granite monument giving recognition
and thanks to all who made major donations of services or funds to construct the park. On the east
side of the monument, is a Time Capsule. It contains the names of the 6,821 men who were KIA on
the island of Iwo Jima and memorabilia. Also in the Time Capsule is a cemetery file which records
the names of the men buried on the island and those who were wounded and buried at sea. The
capsule is marked with a plaque and will be opened 50 years later on May 30, 2045.
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