Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue
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The gentleman in the wheelchair is Ernie -- he is 91 and was in Washington this past weekend as part of a group of World War Two veterans who are brought here to see Washington and its sights, especially the monuments. The World War Two Monument is a favorite, but for this man, the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA has special meaning -- he was a Marine on Iwo Jima when the event memorialized behind him occurred, the second raising of a larger flag by 5 Marines and a Navy corpsman. The quote at the base of the Memorial, Uncommon Valor Was a Common Virtue, was by Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz, to honor the Marines. It was an honor to meet him and shake his hand. For photographers, it is also important to remember that the Memorial is based on the Pulitzer-winning photograph of Joe Rosenthal. Semper Fi, Marines!
Also by Thad Zajdowicz
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