On this day 70 years ago a group of marines were photographed raising a flag atop Mount Suribachi. The unstaged iconic photo was taken by Joe Rosenthal won the Pulitzer Prize. The men in this photo would go down in history in the photo known as Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima. The men that are in the photograph: Ira Hayes, Harlon Block, Franklin Sousley, Michael Strank, and Rene Gagnon. Unfortunately, three of these men died in action within the course of the next few days that happened after the photo was taken. The others that survived World War II have all passed on. But they will forever be immortalized in a photograph that shows patriotism and strength. This photo is iconic for those reasons. When I see this photo I am reminded of the how lucky I am to be an American. More importantly, I am reminded that America is free for a reason. We are free because of the brave servicemen and women who put their lives in the line of duty every day. So, when you look at this iconic photo please remember that it was raised after battling a war to protect the freedom that Americans value.