Flag-raising event held to commemorate Battle of Iwo Jima

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ALBANY, N.Y. – A local flag-raising event was held Friday to commemorate the 1945 raising of the American flag in Iwo Jima by five Marines and a Navy corpsman.

The iconic photo of the event was taken by Joe Rosenthal on Feb. 23, 1945.

County Executive Dan McCoy, Rep. Paul Tonko, and Rep. Chris Gibson offered remarks and the event featured speaker Maj. Matthew Milburn.

Maj. Milburn is a decorated member of the U.S. Marines who serves as Commanding Officer for the 1st Marine Corps District Recruiting Station in Albany. Prior to that station he served as Aide de Camp for the Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations West. He began his career as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from VMI in 2000.

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