Midwestern survivors of one of the bloodiest battles in the Pacific during World War Two will be honored in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area this weekend. This Friday marks the 65th anniversary of the assault on Iwo Jima.
Veterans from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri who took part in the attack will gather at the Strategic Air & Space Museum near Ashland, Nebraska. The museum is hosting events Friday night and Saturday. Six members of the U.S. Marine unit that raised the American flag on Iwo Jima will attend the events.
Museum officials say it’ll honor veterans and bring together Marines who served on Iwo Jima with sailors who supported them from ships offshore. Nearly 7,000 Allies were killed in the battle and more than 21,000 Japanese.