Iwo Jima parade hosted by MMA canceled due to weather


    Marine Military Academy will hold its annual Iwo Jima Parade Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. on the MMA Parade Grounds. This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. (Source Marine Military Academy.)

    UPDATE: According to Marine Military Academy, the parade scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, has been canceled due to the inclement weather.

    A release stated that the next parade will happen on April 5 at 4 p.m.

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    It's one of the bloodiest battles in U.S. Marine Corps history.

    The Battle of Iwo Jima was a critical victory for the U.S. Armed Forces to continue to have air supremacy during WWII.

    The mission of the battle was to take over the Island to use the air strips Japanese fighter pilots were using to intercept U.S. bombers.

    The battle lasted 36 days. More than 70,000 Marines charged more than 18,000 Japanese soldiers.

    And tomorrow, the Marine Military Academy will hold its annual Iwo Jima Parade Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. on the MMA Parade Grounds.

    The event is open to the public.

    This year marks the 74th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

    On Feb. 23, 1945 orders were made to raise a U.S. flag at the top of Mount Suribachi to signal fighter pilots it was safe to land.

    One of the five U.S. Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima pictured in the iconic photo taken by Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal was Cpl. Harlon Block of Weslaco.

    Block's grave rests at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Harlingen on MMA campus.

    The event organizers said the event is a tribute to the courage and sacrifice made by The Greatest Generation to preserve freedom around the world.

    MMA is the only organization in the country that holds a battalion-size parade on the actual anniversary (Feb. 19, 1945) of the Battle of Iwo Jima.

    There will be special reserved seating for Iwo Jima survivors in front of the parade stand, which directly faces the historic Iwo Jima Monument. During the parade, the Iwo Jima survivors will join the MMA superintendent for the ceremonial pass in review.

    After the parade, event-goers are encouraged to view the Iwo Jima Monument and the gravesite of Cpl. Harlon Block, and stop by the Iwo Jima Museum & Gift Shop to watch the Battle of Iwo Jima video.

    Since April 1982, MMA has been home to the Iwo Jima Monument. The magnificent statue depicts six Marines raising the American flag on Feb. 23, 1945, during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Block, the Marine depicted at the base of the flagstaff, was a native of Weslaco, Texas.

    For more information on the Iwo Jima Parade, call (956) 421-9225.

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