Why was the battle for Iwo Jima so important to America?

Newsreel footage of the Marine Corps Memorial Statue

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The raising of the American flag atop Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi nears completion in Washington after six years of work. The 110 foot high model of five marines and one navy medical corpsman putting the flag on the first Japanese territory captured is based on the famous action picture.

Sculptor Felix de Welden is using the three survivors of the team and photographs of the others for the 32 foot high figures of the men.

The plaster model weighs over 100 tons. The finished bronze statue, largest of its kind in the world will be erected near the Capitol in Washington as a national memorial to the marine corps heroes of all wars.