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Iwo Jima - Site of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima between USA and Japan

Iwo Jima Is Small Volcanic Island in the Pacific South of Japan

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Iwo Jima is in the Pacific Ocean between the Northern Marianas Islands and Japan, and it was the site of one of the most horrific battles of World War II in 1945. On day 5 of this 35-day battle, six U.S. soldiers raised the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, the tallest point on Iwo Jima. A famous photo of this action was used as the model for the Marine War Memorial in Washington, DC.

The Seven Seas Voyager cruise ship spent a few hours off Iwo Jima, during which we had a commemoration ceremony to honor the veterans onboard the ship as well as all who have fought for freedom around the world. During the ceremony, the passengers stood in silence as we listened to "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America" as the ship's bow faced Mount Suribachi. One of the musicians played taps, and we watched the American flag blow in the breeze on the ship's forecastle.

The Seven Seas Voyager was on the third leg of a world cruise, sailing from Sydney to Shanghai.

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