07 Aug '17, 11am

World War II veterans honored at emotional flag raising ceremony:

More than 72 years ago, a group of Marines valiantly raised an American flag over Iwo Jima, and on Saturday, a flag that once flew on the same mountaintop flew in Scranton, Pa. The flag, which was donated to the Northeast Detachment Marine Corps League and Museum by Bob Bolus, flew on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima to commemorate the historic moment's 70th anniversary before Bolus purchased it at auction. The event honored area veterans and Sgt. William H. Genaust, a combat photographer who filmed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima and was killed less than two weeks later. A local organization, Teresa's Angels, worked with the detachment and Bolus to organize the event. Watching the flag-raising was an especially emotional experience for Tony Julian, Ed O'Donnell, Ben Cicilioni and Dick Donald. All four men fought at Iwo Jima during World War II, and O'Donnell, Cicilioni and...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/world-war-ii-veterans-honored-at-...

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