Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Uncommon Valor

One of the highlights of our summer vacation to Virginia was the visit to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia. Opened in 2006, the Museum features many full size models of soldiers-so life-like that one could think we were at a reenactment instead of viewing a display. The main reason I wanted to go was to honor my Dad, one of the surviving Marines who fought during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Journaling: "Among the Americans who served on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue. My Dad was one of those soldiers, and we captured some of the emotion at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. In a simulation, we received a briefing before boarding a Higgins Boat to land on the beach at Iwo Jima. The Corps most important icon is in this gallery: the flag raised on Mt. Suribachi."

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