Senate approves Young’s resolution recognizing 75th anniversary of U.S. flag raising on Iwo Jima

The U.S. Senate on June 16 agreed to a bipartisan resolution introduced by U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) recognizing the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps landing on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during World War II and the raising of the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi.

“As I’ve said many times before, Iwo Jima is hallowed ground for me, my fellow Marines, and all those who lost loved ones in the battle,” Sen. Young said. “I’m proud that our bipartisan resolution to recognize those who bravely sacrificed their lives in Iwo Jima 75 years ago has now passed the Senate.”

Sen. Young on Feb. 13 sponsored Senate Resolution 502 with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) to recognize the gallantry and heroism demonstrated by the U.S. Marine Corps over Imperial Japan on the island of Iwo Jima.

The companion House Resolution 857 also was introduced on Feb. 13 by U.S. Reps. Ken Calvert (R-CA) and eight cosponsors, including U.S. Reps. Paul Cook (R-CA) and Peter Visclosky (D-MN), and awaits action in their chamber.

According to the text of the resolution, March 28, 2020 marked the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, considered “one of the bloodiest battles in the history of the United States Marine Corps,” which resulted in more than 26,000 U.S. casualties, more than 6,800 of whom were killed, and the deaths of almost 19,000 Japanese soldiers.