Memorial for Iwo Jima Veterans Brings Weekend Reunion to Close

Veterans gathered for a memorial service to remember those lost during the month-long battle.

Survivors came together one last time this year as their reunion ended this morning.

The chaplain told stories about those who fought and led those gathered through song and prayer.

Candles were lit for each branch of the military and a red candle was lit at the end for the women who gave their sons to the war.

The final event was the color guard folding and presentation of the American Flag, the same flag which gave veterans the will to fight so many years ago.

"It means everything, it means we lived for something, and we came back home for something and we just appreciate that," said veteran Cy Young of the event.

Young says though everyone thinks the Iwo Jima survivors are thinning out, the conference had a higher attendance this year than the year before.

He hopes next year for an even higher number at the reunion, which will mark the 70th anniversary of the historic battle.

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