Here's a PROUD day for America from 69 years ago. Compare this to most of the news of today. A despicable picture from an OWS rally a couple years ago comes to mind. It was of a young punk shitting on our Flag and being cheered on by dozens of his fellow morons. Does that make you as sick as it does me?
UPDATE from the Houston Chronicle:
The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, 69 years ago, is perhaps the most iconic image of World War Two.
No other picture so succinctly and evocatively captures the triumph of the Allied forces, while also highlighting the critical role that U.S. troops played in the Pacific. The picture has become an enduring symbol of the steadfastness and strength of the Marine Corps.
Joe Rosenthal, at the time an unknown Associated Press photographer, is the man behind the photo. Although it was technically the second flag raising on Iwo Jima, which shows five Marines and a Navy Corpsman, it is no less important. The first flag planted was replaced as it was too small to be seen from the coast.
Rosenthal, in an attempt to position himself properly for the shot, almost actually missed the flag raising. In a desperate attempt to capture the scene, Rosenthal shot the image without the use of his viewfinder. His gut instinct certainly hit the mark; he went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for his image.