Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima and Ground Zero (Japan and USA)

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on 23 February 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five US Marines and a US Navy corpsman raising the flag of the United States atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

It became the only photograph to win the Pilitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication, and ultimately came to be regarded as one of the most significant and recognizable images of the war, and possibly the most reproduced photograph of all time.

Of the six men depicted in the picture, three (Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank) did not survive the battle; the three survivors (John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes) became celebrities upon the publication of the photo. The picture was later used by Felix de Weldon to sculpt the USMC War Memorial, located outside Washington D.C.

Raising the Flag at Ground Zero is a photograph by Thomas E. Franklin, taken on 11 September 2001. The picture shows three firefighters raising the American Flag at ground zero of the World Trade Centre following the 11 September 2001 attacks.

The firefighters pictured were Brooklyn-based firefighters George Johnson of Rockway Beach and Dan McWilliams of Long Island (both from Ladder 157), and Billy Eisengrein of Staten Island (Rescue 2).

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