Honoring the memory of a special day
By Carol Rosen
As it has for the past 23 years, the Iwo Jima Flag Raising Ceremony again celebrated the famous flag raising by the U.S. Marines on Mount Suribachi during World War II.
This year's re-enactment of the flag raising was re-created by the Lewis and Clark Young Marines from Vancouver Wash.
Event speakers included Mayor Brian Hodson and Canby High School Principal Greg Dinse, himself a former Marine lieutenant colonel.
The Feb. 17 celebration at the Canby Adult Center also featured the 6th Engineering Battalion Marines, who raised the flag, which later was presented to Carol Horn.
Danny Hunt, a Canby High School alumnus, played TAPs and 'To the Colors' on the bugle.
At the end of the celebration, three World War II vets spread actual Iwo Jima sand on a large rock that has a plaque commemorating the Iwo Jima flag raising.
The flag used during the ceremony was given to Carol Horn. Her son passed away in 2017 after joining the Marines after 9/11.
His sister was in the second tower when the plane rammed the building but was able to escape by going down 62 flights of stairs.