On Feb. 19, 1945, Marines landed on Iwo Jima. It was nothing but a speck of dirt in the middle of the Pacific. But by taking the island, the United States would hold a strategic space for landing strips for bombers returning from bombing missions on the home islands of Japan. The battle lasted for over a month before the island could be secured. The taking of Iwo Jima shortened the WWII efforts by many months or possibly a year.
My point is, there are still a few veterans who were on those black sands in 1945 living today. It behooves us to honor them. The last few are in their 90s. If we know of any of these men, communicate with them and offer your thanks. It is our duty as citizens of this free country to recognize them. Semper fi!