68th Anniversary Iwo Jima Flag Raising Ceremony at Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post in Arizona

February 21, 2013

On Saturday, February 23, Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 in Sacaton, Arizona, will hold a celebration to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the raising of the American flag by U.S. forces on Iwo Jima. The image of the Marines raising the flag, captured on film by Associated Press photojouralist Joe Rosenthal and immortalized in a monument created by sculptor Felix de Weldon (the original of which is currently on the auction block), has become one of the most iconic military representations in American history.

Post 84's namesake, U.S. Marine Ira H. Hayes, Pima Nation, was one of the six soldiers who raised the flag on February 23, 1945. 

Saturday's celebration will include a parade and military flyover beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by ceremonies at the Ira H. Hayes and Matthew B. Juan Veterans Memorial Park.

For Post 84's biography of Hayes, click here.

For additional information please contact Post 84 at: 520-562-8484 or via e-mail at [email protected]. Post 84's website is IraHayesPost84.org.



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The Original Iwo Jima Monument Is Up For Auction, and the owner, Rodney Hilton Brown, wants to make sure it stays in America. So he's called in the Marines for Help!
The 10,000 lbs. (five tons!) statue was inspired by the iconic photo taken by Pulitzer prize winning Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal at the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945 will be up for sale at Bonhams auction house on Feb. 22. It is listed for sale for $1.3 million to $1.8 million.
This original 1945 monument is by late sculptor Felix de Weldon, who was Austrian but served in the U.S. Navy and Marines during World War II.
Rodney Hilton Brown, 70, of the War Museum and a New York mortgage broker, has been the keeper of the Monument for about a quarter of a century. He is selling the piece he purchased directly from Weldon in 1990 and restored.
He is donating 10% of the proceeds to The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, established 1995 to help children of Marines or Federal law Enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable them to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education.
After years of lending many artifacts to institutions that included The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, The Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum, the Naval War College Museum in RI and the National Maritime Museum, the sculpture will arrive at Bonham's in Manhattan in time for the 68th anniversary of the US invasion of Iwo Jima February 19, 1945.
The sale of the original Iwo Jima Monument in New York at Bonhams will occur on Feb. 22nd. The flag raising atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima depicts the bloodiest battle of World War II and has undoubtedly become one of the most powerful images of the 20th Century.

“I hope sincerely the original Iwo Jima monument stays in the United States,” said owner and memorabilia collector Rodney Hilton Brown.
Under the banner World War II: The Pacific Theater, the auction will also feature many other items devoted to Iwo Jima, such as Joe Rosenthal's personal photograph album and a maquette for the original 1945 Iwo Jima Monument and the 1954 Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington. Battle flags from the USS ARIZONA, & USS ENTERPRISE, memorabilia from Japan, China, Burma, New Guinea and the Philippines round out the sale, showing the incredible breadth of the war in the Pacific.

For more information about bidding online and for a catalog contact: www.bonhams.com/auctions/21082/