This beautiful memorial is the only one of it's kind that can say it was built by Survivors of the Battle of Iwo Jima. They designed the park and raised all the funds themselves to build it. Althought similar to the one is Washington, it has many differences. It is built to remember the 6,821 American servicemen who were killed in the battle. 100 of those servicemen were from Connecticut and their names are listed on the front of the memorial. There are 100 flags that fly around the park, one for each of these men. There is an on-site Eternal Flame that burns 24/7 for all those who fought in WWII. There is also memorials that honor the Chaplains and Medical Corpsmen. In front of that is the Walkway of Valor where each member of the Survivors Association name and service branch is inscribed on a brick. The memorial park is maintained by volunteers of the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, a non-profit organization, who depends on donations to pay for the memorial's upkeep and pay for the Eternal Flame gas. The Foundation sponsors at least 9 yearly events (Free for the public) to honor veterans from all branches and dates of service.
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