Valley veterans remember Battle of Iwo Jima on 75th anniversary
HARLINGEN – On this day 75 years ago, U.S. troops stormed a Japanese island marking the beginning of what was to be a major World War II battle.
On Wednesday, more than 100 veterans gathered at the Iwo Jima monument at Marine Military Academy in Harlingen to pay their respects.
The academy is working to preserve the memories and legacy of World War II veterans through events, such as the one held for the anniversary.
At the celebration, a wreath was laid at the grave of Weslaco native Corporal Harlon Block, one of the six Marines who raised up the U.S. flag at the island more than seven decades ago.
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