Canby Community Celebrates, Commemorates 75th Anniversary of Iwo Jima

It was a powerful and moving occasion outside the Canby Adult Center and in the Ackerman gym Saturday morning as the Canby-Aurora VFW Post 6057 observed the 75th anniversary of the battle and flag raising at Iwo Jima.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, particularly for the U.S. Marine Corps, which lost almost 7,000 men in 36 days of fierce fighting.

Several surviving veterans of the battle were in attendance, and as is their usual custom, they sprinkled packets of black sand from the island on the rock at the Canby Adult Center that is dedicated to those who fought at Iwo Jima.

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