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Contact: James Oelke Farley, 671-477-7278 ext.1008
Contact: American Memorial Park Visitor Center, 670-234-7207 ext.2020
The public is invited to attend an indepth presentation about the Battle of Iwo Jima. The presentation will be on Saturday, March 8, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the American Memorial Park Theater. National Park Service historian James Oelke Farley will give an overview of the battle that occurred 69 years ago, during World War II. He will also discuss controversial topics regarding the battle with the audience.
The Battle of Iwo Jima began on February 19, 1945, and lasted 36 days. Nearly 30,000 people died in just over a month of brutal fighting to control the island, which is only four miles long and two miles wide.
"We are extremely excited to share this presentation with Saipan's residents. We annually welcome veterans of this battle as they prepare to return to the black sand of Iwo Jima. As part of an educational symposium for the veterans, family members of the deceased, and military historians the day before they fly to the island; this presentation is given annually and focuses upon photographs, maps, and written documents to reveal the battle to the audience," said Guam based Oelke Farley.