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Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project, Inc. Building New Iwo Jima Memorial – Updated with Correct Flag-raisers

RACINE, Wis. -- In tandem with 75th Anniversary of the flag-raising on Mt. Suribachi, the Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project (IJMM) is launching a nationwide program to build a new Iwo Jima Monument. The new statue will replace the faces of two flag-raisers that were misidentified with the actual Marines who participated.

Harold "Pie" Keller and Harold Schultz were identified by HQ USMC with the aid of FBI forensics as the Marines raising the flag. Therefore, the new IJMM statue will be the very first monument built that reflects the exact image of the photograph.

The raising of the US flag over Mount Suribachi, was the first foreign flag ever to fly on Japanese soil. The photograph of the flag raising was taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It became an iconic image of not only the battle, but of the War in the Pacific and one of the most reproduced photographs in the world.

For 36 days in February-March of 1945, the Battle of Iwo Jima Island saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Pacific War. In the five week battle American casualties reached 26,040 of which 6,821 Marines were killed and 23,573 wounded 33% of their available force, or one in every three that landed.

The new Monument will be placed in Racine, Wisconsin, just north of Chicago and South of Milwaukee. Racine is the home of Marine Corps League Detachment 346 that has been doing a Living Memorial Float of the flag-raising for over 74 years. The Marines hold the position of the famous statue for up to two hours in parades and various events.

The very first Iwo Jima Monument statue was molded as a table top version for review and approvals by the USMC. Sculptor Felix De Weldon used Johnson Floor Wax to form this statue. SC Johnson Wax Corporate HQ is in Racine.

World renowned Sculptor, Robert Bricker of the Bronze Craft Foundry in Charlottsville, Virginia will produce the 40 percent size of original size bronze monument. Bricker was the sculptor selected by National Parks to work on the restoration of the original statue in Arlington. The figures will be 13 feet tall. It will take 16 months to produce and weigh 20,000 lbs.

The two year, $4 Million dollar fundraising project is supported by all volunteer Marines, Veterans, Veterans Support Groups and dedicated civilians. The fundraising efforts are nationwide, supported with a wide range of merchandise for donors. Solicitation of Corporate sponsors is underway.

Extensive information can be found at their website

Once completed the Monument location will be used as a venue to host a variety of Veterans events and expand educational support elements for elementary schools. The Project will in-turn institute fund gathering efforts to support needy Veterans

The Iwo Jima Memorial Midwest Project is a momentous undertaking that will benefit the preservation of the most recognizable, patriotic image in the history of World War II and the United States Marine Corps.

"With the generous help of Americans and Veterans, the Monument will help preserve the Spirit of America, it's symbol of Patriotism and Love of Country. It will forever pay tribute to the thousands of Marines and Veterans that paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the Freedoms we enjoy today," said John Capriotti, IJMM Project Director.

Media Press Kit Section with photos, videos and historical documents and links is available on the website

Media Contact:
John Capriotti, Project Director
414 331-4757

IJMM Project Inc.
2635 Four Mile Rd. Box 44331
Racine, WI 53404-8777

Twitter @iwomidwest

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3:38 - IJMM Project Highlights video

Project Overview - 12-minute County Video

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Ninety-Six-Year-Old Marine Releases New Commemorative Song

BRADENTON, Fla. -- On Wednesday February 12, 2020 at 1 p.m., come meet and greet a ninety-six-year-old marine, Gene Christie, as he releases his CD containing a song to honor his fellow Marines in the 5th Division who won the Battle of Iwo Jima at great sacrifice.

The bloodiest battle in Marine Corp history, the Battle of Iwo Jima began over 75 years ago on February 19, 1945. It was very instrumental in the defeat of the Japanese during World War Two.

"My fellow 18 and 19-year-old marines never had a chance to live," said Gene Christie.

The meet and Greet will be at:

Elan of Manatee, 7375 Stone River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34203; (941) 229-0052. 1 p.m. EST.

Reader and Listener Interest

Many of your readers and listeners would be fascinated to hear Gene Christie's story and song. The sorrow he feels about his fallen and wounded Marines 75 years later is a story that must be told. His story and song are a testament to the scars many veterans carry daily! His song and story are a perfect addition for the upcoming 75th anniversary on February 19, 2020!

Song Availability

The song "Thirty Days Later" is now available on many digital outlets like iTunes, Amazon Music and Apple Music.

For more information on the song, visit:

The CDs will be available beginning February 12, 2020 at: Elan of Manatee, 7375 Stone River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34203.

"Thirty Days Later" is U.S. Copyright #1-8302389241 in the United States and/or other countries.

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