Today is the 70th anniversary of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima during World War II. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the events on February 23, 1945. One of his images became one of the most recognizable photographs of the war. It was recreated in bronze for the Marine Corps War Memorial that overlooks DC from the banks of the Potomac in Arlington, VA. The photograph eventually figured prominently into Clint Eastwood’s World War II drama Flags Of Our Fathers.
Here is another one of my photographs of the memorial, captured last October, after sunset when a dramatic deep blue sky (and even a couple stars) provided a dramatic backdrop for the illuminated monument.