THIS MONTH IS THE 76TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARINE CORPS LANDING ON THE JAPANESE HELD ISLAND OF IWO JIMA.
Iwo Jima anniversary 2.23.21
Corps landing on the japanese held island of iwo jima.
It is also the anniversary of the most famous photograph of world war ii and perhaps one of the most famous photo's in history...one kentuckian is in it...another witnessed it.
It's the raising of the american flag on iwo jima.
The r-o-t-c program at u-k paid tribute today...which was particularly moving for one veteran's family.
Abc 36's alex king has his story.
Nat sound: cadets yelling orders steven hughes watched... as the university of kentucky army and air force r-o-t-c... honored his grandfather... elwood "woody" hughes and other kentucky veterans...like franklin sousley who was immortalized in the iconic joe rosenthal photo of the flag raising.
Steven: "to see that type of honor being paid to those who deserve it... yeah, i'll remember this for the rest of my life" woody hughes witnessed the flag raising on top of mount suribachi in 19-45.
He passed away earlier this month... at 95.
Steven: "my grandfather was a storyteller, he was a teacher, in the war he was a communicator, he was a runner, a messenger."
One of his wishes... was for schools to honor the anniversary of the iconic flag raising which lifted the nation's morale at a time when it was needed most.
The university of kentucky did just that.
Cadet: "ladies and genetlemen, please rise for the raising of the u.s. colors."
Marking 76 years...since the deadly battle.
Cadet: "the mission was a success and continues to be recognized as an american symbol of valor, freedom, and patriotism."
In lexington, alex king, abc 36 news.