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02-23-20 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

HOTH Mission
75th Anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima
Ewing, Kentucky – 02-23-20

75 years ago, Kentucky native Franklin Sousley fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. Sousley was one of the Marines in the the flag raising on Mount Suribachi and he is in the forever famous black and white photograph of the flag raising by Joe Rosenthal of the Associated Press. On March 21, Sousley was shot in the back by a Japanese sniper. Sousley’s body was originally buried at the 5th Marine Division Cemetery on the island of Iwo Jima. A service was held there in the morning of March 26 by the division’s surviving Marines which included Ira Hayes and other members of Sousley’s company and platoon before they departed Iwo Jima that day. Sousley’s remains were reinterred on May 8, 1947, in Elizaville Cemetery in Fleming County, Kentucky.

Staging Time: 2:45 PMĀ 

Elizaville Cemetery
121-35, KY-170
Ewing, Kentucky 41039

Ride Captain:

Kelly Shehan 859-619-8158

Special Instructions:

If you would like to join us at 12:30 PM we will stake flags and then have lunch at the VFW see below:

The VFW is serving lunch at at 1:00 PM Post 1834.
The ceremony begins at the cemetery at 3:00 PM
Note: For those driving from Lexington, several members are meeting at the BP Station on North Broadway in Lexington – Kick Stands Up at 11:15am.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.

Submitted By: Kelli Oakley
Position: Kentucky Ride Captain

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