Iwo Jima National Memorial, Newington, CT
Erected by the Iwo Jima Survivors Association, Inc. of Newington, Connecticut the US National Iwo Jima Memorial is dedicated to the memory of the 6,821 US servicemen who gave their lives at Iwo Jima. It was dedicated on the 50th anniversary of the historic flag raising on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1995. On its base are inscribed the names of the 100 men from Connecticut who gave their lives in the battle. It is located right off of Route 9 (Exit 29) on Ella Grasso Boulevard, near the New Britain/Newington town line.
Sculpted by artist Joe Petrovic, it was inspired by the historic photograph of the flag raising on February 23, 1945 by American soldiers on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. This si cool as this statue unlike its replica in Washington, DC has a direct connection to Iwo Jima. The rocks on top are actual rocks from the mountain summit, the concrete for its base was mixed with sand from the landing beach and the flag overhead is authentic in its 48 stars.
The park also has an eternal flame and monuments dedicated to combat Medical Corps personnel and chaplains