The annaul Iwo Jima flag-raising ceremony celebrates one of WWII's most iconic moments

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.

Bill Call (at right) fought at Iwo Jima and during the Korean War at the Chosin Reservoir. He was joined by World War II vets Louie Bosel and Howard Thomas. All are in their 90s. Thomas actually landed in a supply boat when the famous WWII photo was taken and looked up to see the Marines planting the flag on Mount Suribachi.

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.

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