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Gardner Commemorates Iwo Jima 75th Anniversary with Colorado Veterans

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) attended the wreath laying ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial along with two veterans from Colorado who fought at Iwo Jima.  

NOTE: Click here to download a video message from Senator Gardner. 

Click here to download a video message from Sgt. John “Jack” Thurman.

Click here to download B-roll and footage from the ceremony.

Click here to download photographs from the ceremony.

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“It’s an incredible experience to be able to come here and meet with Coloradans and people around the country who were at Iwo Jima. These are people who are larger than life, who we read about in our history books and who were there 75 years ago when our nation called, when our nation needed them,”said Senator Gardner. “You can hear their courage, you can hear their sacrifice, and you can hear what it means to them, to recite their friends who were lost. In a world where everybody has to be somewhere, thank God these men and women were there for this country.”

Attending the ceremony from Colorado were U.S. Marine Sgt. John “Jack” Thurman from Northern Colorado and U.S. Navy Veteran Ralph Whitlock from Parker, who both fought at Iwo Jima. Sgt. John “Jack” Thurman is pictured in the famous “Gung Ho” photograph, taken after the flag raising at Iwo Jima.

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Gardner recently introduced a resolution honoring the gallantry and heroism demonstrated 75 years agoduring the victory that was led by the United States Marine Corps over Imperial Japan on the island of Iwo Jima.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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