The Marines went ashore on Iwo Jima on February 19th, 1945. It was the most costly battle in the history of the Marine Corps. Everyone remembers the famous photograph, and the name of the island. We forget the price.
Out of this, and from the suffering and sorrow of those who mourn this, will come, we promise, the birth of a new freedom for the sons of men everywhere.
–Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn, 5th MarDiv Chaplain, speaking at the dedication of the cemetery pictured above