Sunday, November 29, 2009

Iwo Jima Memorial

The Iwo Jima Memorial is an iconic American image. In actuality, it's a copy of a copy. The bronze and stone memorial is a three-dimensional interpretation of the photograph that was "re-enacted" to replicate the Marines raising the flag on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. The photograph quickly became a symbol of heroism under fire. Late one afternoon, I walked around the memorial. Was it possible to find a new way to look at this icon? This view, backlit by the setting sun, is my favorite. From this angle, I keep going back to look at the outstretched fingers of the Marines as they struggle together to raise the flag. With a slight breeze blowing, the flag was as brilliant as stained glass. What better image can I find for Thanksgiving weekend? It is a reminder of the many freedoms for which we are so grateful.