Mar. 26th, 2017

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MESSAGE IN HONOR OF THE 71ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE VICTORY IN THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA

Ladies and gentlemen, to all the people of the United States of America, to all our living veterans of the Second World War of 1939-1945 and of all conflicts past and present and their families, to our veterans, active servicemen and women and reservists of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and of the entire United States Armed Forces, to all the immediate families, relatives, children and grandchildren of the deceased veterans, fallen service personnel and wounded personnel of our military services and civil uniformed security and civil defense services, to all our workers, farmers and intellectuals, to our youth and personnel serving in youth uniformed and cadet organizations and all our athletes, coaches, judges, sports trainers and sports officials, and to all our sports fans, to all our workers of culture, music, traditional arts and the theatrical arts, radio, television, digital media and social media, cinema, heavy and light industry, agriculture, business, tourism and the press, and to all our people of the free world:

Today, the whole world remembers among others the very anniversary of the fallen of the struggle of the independence of Mali and the beginning of the Bangladesh Liberation War as a result of the violence of Pakistani military personnel against the Bengal people in 1971, as well as the tragic 2010 sinking of the ROKS Cheonan.

And so today, with deep joy and heartfelt thanksgiving and gratitude, as one united people, together with the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, especially of the United States Marine Corps, we on this very day of joy celebrate with all of you the 72nd year anniversary of the victorious conclusion of the historic in the Battle of Iwo Jima, which ended on thus very day, March 26, 1945, as a historic Allied victory won against the Japanese in this part of the Pacific Theater of Operations. With a grand total of 6,821 US servicemen killed in action, more than 19,000 wounded and one escort carrier destroyed against the more than 18,800 Japanese deaths the US Marine Corps, Navy and Army Air Forces inflicted, leaving 3,000 Japanese in hiding and 216 taken as POWs, a high cost was paid in this great victory by the forces of the 5th Amphibious Corps led by General Holland Smith, made up of the combined Marine forces from the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions, within a month and 8 days since the beginning of the battle, 33 days since the raising of the national flag and 10 days after its secure status was declared.

As we remember the memory of the 6,821 who perished in the sands of this island for the freedom and independence of the American nation against the Axis in this part of the globe during the 37 day long battle, including the 14 Marines who would be given posthumously the highest medal of the United States Armed Forces for acts of heroism, the Medal of Honor, and no less than Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, who for his sacrifice on that island earned him the Navy Cross, plus 3 of the 6 who raised the second flag on that island on the 23rd of February, a great moment for the Marine Corps that will forever be a great part in the 241 year history of the United States of America, we remember them on this day and everyday for their heroic sacrifice for the future generations of the world. Indeed the United States Marine Corps had a great role in the victory that we, with deep respect and profound thanksgiving and gratitude, remember on this day. Throughout the 37 days of this battle once more in its history did the USMC show itself to the world as the defender of American values, culture and heritage and of the common values of all the people of the free world, indeed it was so much a cost did the Corps, together with the Navy and the Coast Guard, win this historic battle.

Indeed “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”, said the great Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, when he was asked to describe the bravery and courage of the hundred thousand Marines of V Amphibious Corps who served there in this, one of the bloodiest battles that the United States Marine Corps faced in the Second World War in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the biggest victories of the Allies in this part of the world, alongside the men of the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard and the United States Air Force (then the Army Air Forces, this year the USAF will be marking its 70th founding anniversary as a branch of our glorious Armed Forces). His words are forever recorded in the Arlington National Cemetery’s Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, the very monument made on the basis of the historic photograph of the Iwo Jima flag raising that today, after 63 years since its historic inauguration, proudly stands over the Arlington fields and the graves of so many Marines over the centuries who even at the cost of their lives, served faithfully always to their country and people, and honoring the 242 years of long and faithful service of the United States Marine to the people and government of the United States of America and to all the people of the free world. In these changing times of our world, by recalling the victory won 72 years ago today in Iwo Jima against the military might of the Empire of Japan, we remember the heroic actions done during the days of the Iwo Jima Campaign and most especially the six thousand US military personnel who died in that island for the sake of the freedoms we cherish today and in the generations to come.

Today, March 26, 2017, with all our profound gratitude, humble respect and our deepest thanks not just to those who died but also to those who survived and our remaining veterans of this great battle, as the whole world remembers and celebrates this very moment in our history and most of all in the history of the glorious United States Armed Forces, we, as one united people, in remembrance of all the fallen and with profound thoughts of all who serve today in the armed forces and in our uniformed security and civil defense services, mark this the seventy-second year anniversary of the historic victory won by the United States Armed Forces against the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy in the Battle of Iwo Jima – a great prelude to the final victory won against the Axis Powers later in the year. For this very immortal battle, one of many Allied victories in the Pacific Theater of Operations and one of the greatest military victories of the United States Armed Forces in this part of the world during the Second World War, shall be remembered as the one very battle that showed the world the bravery, courage and determination of the United States Marine for the defense of the American nation and all the free people of the world, and for the preservation of the values of freedom and liberty on which the United States was formed, thanks in part of the courage and gallantry shown by the US Marines in the early years of the nation that it helped to build thanks to the efforts of the Second Continental Congress 242 years past. Today, as we remember this great victory, may we remember as one united people the thousands of Marines, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen who made their stand in the sandy Iwo Jima beaches for the sake of the defense of the freedom and independence of the United States of America and for the greater future of our free world. It is with the sacrifices of all who fought in this historic battle that we indeed live today in the freedoms in which they fought in the sands of Iwo Jima 72 years ago, as well as in other wars before and since until today in various parts of the world, for we truly live in a free world and for a future truly worth defending and worth fighting for!

As we think of all our remaining living veterans of this battle and of all remaining living veterans of our greatest generation who fought in the Second World War, we today honor their service by living our lives worthy of all who fought for the United States and for the freedoms of all the people of the world most especially of those who died in the fields of battle. Our future generations must never forget to remember that it is for our liberty and freedom, but also the future of our world and of all of humankind that they , the millions men and women who fought in the Second World War in the Allied combatant countries, will be remembered generation after generation and in the hearts of so many people all over the world!

In conclusion, as we together march forward towards the upcoming seventy-second year anniversary of the victorious conclusion of the Second World War, may the eternal memory of the six thousand military personnel who died in this great battle be remembered for all time not just by the people of today, but all the more by our generations of tomorrow!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE FALLEN OF THE LONG FIGHT FOR FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLES OF MALI AND BANGLADESH!!

LONG LIVE THE 45TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BANGLADESHI INDEPENDENCE!

ETERNAL GLORY AND MEMORY TO THE HEROES, MARTYRS AND VETERANS OF THE GREAT BATTLE OF IWO JIMA, ONE OF THE GREATEST BATTLES EVER FOUGHT BY THE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS!

ETERNAL GLORY TO THE MEMORY OF ALL THE VETERANS, ALLIED HEROES AND FALLEN OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATER OF OPERATIONS!

LONG LIVE THE 72ND YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE HISTORIC AND VICTORIOUS CONCLUSION OF THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA AND THE GREAT VICTORY WON BY THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, NAVY AND COAST GUARD AGAINST THE MILITARY POWER OF THE EMPIRE OF JAPAN!

LONG LIVE THE GLORIOUS, INVINCIBLE AND LEGENDARY UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL TILL THE END FOR THE PEOPLE AND THE ENTIRE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND OF THE FREE WORLD!

GLORY TO THE VICTORIOUS PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER UNIFORMED SERVICES!

AND FINALLY, GLORY TO THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDERS OF OUR FREEDOM AND LIBERTY AND GUARANTEE OF A FUTURE WORTHY OF OUR GENERATIONS TO COME!



Semper Fidelis! Oorah!



1500h, March 26, 2017, the 241st year of the United States of America, the 242nd year of the United States Army, Navy and Marine Corps, the 123rd of the International Olympic Committee, the 121st of the Olympic Games, the 76th since the beginning of the Second World War in the Eastern Front and in the Pacific Theater, the 72nd since the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and the victories in Europe and the Pacific, the 5th since the attacks on Benghazi, the 12th of Operation Red Wings, and the 70th of the United States Armed Forces.



Semper Fortis



John Emmanuel Ramos

Makati City, Philippines

Grandson of Philippine Navy veteran PO2 Paterno Cueno, PN (Ret.)

(Honor by Hans Zimmer) (Platoon Swims) (Rendering Honors)

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