(NEW BRITAIN,Conn./CBS Connecticut)  –  The sixty ninth anniversary of the raising of the   U.S flag  on Mount Suribachi  following the battle of Iwo Jima  was  commemorated Sunday morning at Connecticut’s Iwo Jima  Memorial  off  Route 9 at the New Britain-Newington line.The ceremony was held at 10:15 ,the exact time  the  stars and stripes   was first flown on Japanese soil during the war.

Nearly  seven thousand died in the battle, one of the bloodiest of the war, 100 from Connecticut, whose names  are   inscribed on the memorial, which is the only memorial in the United States  built by  Iwo Jima Survivors and  supported  through a foundation they created.

Plans are already being made for the seventieth anniversary next year.


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