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In February, seventy years ago in the climactic battle of the last year of WWII, more than 110,000 Americans and 880 ships began their assault on Iwo Jima, a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific approximately 700 miles south of Tokyo.  Iwo Jima was a possible supply point for the allies and it was important to prevent the enemy from using it as such.


On February 19, 1945, a large contingent of Marines landed on the island, facing an equally substantial army of 23,000 Japanese defenders who fought from an elaborate network of caves, dugouts and tunnels that the Americans found difficult to penetrate.  One of the bloodiest, fiercest four days of combat ensued, in the course of which the Marines took more casualties than in several months of battle at Guadalcanal.  Iwo Jima became the most populous 7½ square miles on the planet as U. S. Marines and Japanese soldiers fought a battle that would test American resolve symbolizing a free society’s willingness to make the sacrifice necessary to prevail over evil – A SACRIFICE AS RELEVANT TODAY AS IT WAS THEN.


On Iwo Jima, Mt. Suribachi is the highest peak at an elevation of 516 ft. and on February 23, 1945, forty Marines climbed Mt. Suribachi in order to plant the American Flag at the top of the hill.  The U. S. victory became a turning point in the Pacific War and provided one of the most memorable photographic images of WWII, the planting of the U. S. Flag atop Mt. Suribachi five days after the Iwo Jima Landing.  The famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal of the second raising of the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima is the picture which became symbol of hope during WWII and soon became the universal symbol that it still is today.


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On weekend of February 21, 2015, Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 on the Gila River Indian Community in Sacaton, AZ, will commemorate the
70th Anniversary of Iwo Jima Flag Raising and pay honor to all brothers and sisters who sacrifice life and limb; who have a sense of honor; who bring honor on themselves and their Country.

20February'15 - 1700 - Dinner TBA
21February'15 - 0700 - Staging for parade @ 168 S. Skill Center Rd. (VHM School) - ENTER ONLY FROM SEED FARM ROAD - View
map and directions for allowed entries and parking areas - shuttle provided.
21February'15 - 0845 - Parade with military flyover - ceremonies to follow at Mathew B. Juan/Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Park


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Lodging - Obtain hotel asap as there is another event in Casa Grande same weekend - Casa Grande Cowboy Days


POINT OF CONTACT FOR SACATON EVENT unless noted on form(s)
Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84
10 P. O. Box 186, 10 W Pima St. (Main/Pima)
Sacaton, AZ  85147-0003
Ira H. Hayes American Legion Auxiliary Unit 84
P. O. Box 1955, 10 W Pima St. (Main/Pima)
Sacaton, AZ 85147-0050    
fax 520-562-3297


Gourd Dance/Powwow on February 20 and 21 is planned - All Eagle Staff & Color Guards welcome - - location TBA.
20February'15 - 1700 - Ira H. Hayes Veterans Gourd Dance
20February'15 - 1900 - Grand Entry / Social Powwow
21February'15 - 1300 - Ira H. Hayes Veterans Gourd Dance
21February'15 - 900 - Ira H. Hayes Veterans Grand Entry / Social Powwow
This Warrior Society Committee will send information soon.


20February'15 - 1100 -
4th Marine Division Ceremony / Grand Canyon Chapter 33 FFWII @ Memorial, Wesley Bolin Plaza (north side - Adams Street westbound) Phx - lunch to follow @ Macayo's Restaurant, 4001 N. Central Ave., Phx RSVP 602-369-1404 or  - History of the Fighting Fourth of World War II POC Josie


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"We need to remember that God created this vast and glorious world for us to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice.  Let us never forget, from the Revolutionary War to the current War on Terrorism and all the wars in-between, the sacrifices that are made for our freedom.  Remember to pray for this great Country of ours and also pray for those still in murderous unrest around the world.  STOP and thank God for being alive and our military for being free...all at someone else's sacrifice."

I feel honored that I am able to continue relationships with many...however saddened as each year passes because one or two pass as well.  "We must never forget them for their valor and sacrifices.  This older generation survived and time welcomed them to a life where reflection had a place.  At the end of their enlistment, they maintained their values throughout life.  The legacy of leadership this generation leaves behind makes for big shoes for many to fill.  They like so many others continue to reckon with their wartime traumas.  Any suffering they experience can only be redeemed by recognition of service at every opportunity.  Then as these warriors near their end of life they have peace."
God Bless You and God Bless America.

Semper Fidelis,
Josie Kakar-Delsi


REMINDER:  Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great day.




There once was a fellow named Ben
Who joined an elite group of men
Called the US Marine Corps
It was what he was meant for
So he gave it 100 plus 10 

I’ve known many Marines in my years
But this one was tops with his peers
On Iwo he fought
Your freedom he bought
So I think he deserves a few cheers 

I’ll never know how, why, or when
But I’ve always enjoyed contacts with Ben
This favor I ask
That you do this small task
Please remember my friend now and then.
By Dennis Kavanaugh


    On April 26, 2011, Dennis Kavanaugh and I joined a group of WW II veterans and went to Washington, D.C. to visit the WW II Memorial, courtesy of the Honor Flight Organization. ( )
    The vets met at Sky Harbor Airport at 8:00 AM on Tuesday the 26th and were met by a  group of dedicated Honor Flight volunteers who took care of handling our baggage and all of our needs. There we were issued Honor Flight T-shirts which we donned there and wore for the entire expedition. We were also issued a great box lunch for  the trip.
    We left Phoenix at 10:20 AM and arrived in Baltimore at 8:15 PM. We were allowed to board the airplane before the regular passengers. Then on arrival in Baltimore, we disembarked together and as we entered the airport an announcement was made that we were WW II vets and the crowd went wild with cheering and clapping and as we made our way through the lines, everyone offered handshakes and “Thank yous”. It was really heart warming.
   We then were bussed to our hotel where after a short time of freshening up, we were dined in a hall in the hotel.
    Wednesday morning we received a wake-up call at 5:00 AM, had breakfast in the hotel and boarded our bus at 7:00 AM for a trip to Washington. First stop was the Capitol Building from 8:45 until 11:30 when we took the bus again and moved to the World War II Memorial followed by a move to the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Air Force Memorial and the Korean Memorial. Next stop was the Iwo Jima Memorial from which we were bussed to Arlington National Cemetery for the 5 o”clock changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    After that whirlwind tour of activity we returned to the hotel in Baltimore. There we attended another banquet and short talks from the floor regarding our experience.
    Wednesday night we were allowed to sleep in until our 7:00 AM wake-up call came. We had breakfast in the hotel again and boarded the bus at 8:45 for a trip to Fort McHenry,  the site a battle during the War of 1812 when the national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key. At 10:45 we proceeded to the Baltimore Airport. Box lunches were passed out and we took a plane to HOME, Phoenix, Arizona. On the plane we received packets of letters and Thank You notes from family and friends which had been sent to the Honor Flight Organization for distribution on the way home. What a delightful surprise.
    At Sky Harbor we were met again with cheers and thanks with an American Legion Honor Guard, a Junior CAP unit and many friends and well-wishers.
    Enough can’t be said of the Honor Flight Volunteers. They were wonderful and took great care  of us. I told Daisy, my wife, that I was spoiled and she would have to take better care of me…it was worth a try.
                                                                          By Glenn Thompson



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