A political cartoon (Herald, Dec. 22) showed a provocative rendition of the Iwo Jima flag raising. Instead of raising the U.S. flag, the Marines were shown raising a rainbow flag.
The decision to publish the cartoon is the most despicable and irresponsible display of editorial arrogance and disrespect I have ever seen in my country. This letter isnt a complaint about dont ask, dont tell. Im voicing my disgust with the Herald for desecrating a national monument and dishonoring all Marines and others who served in the military, just to make a political statement. You have no shame!
Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the flag-raising image Feb. 23, 1945 on the tiny Japanese Island of Iwo Jima. His photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for photography, the first so honored in the same year of its publication.
The image became an icon, not just for Marines, but for the entire country. Its perhaps the most reproduced image of all time.
The photograph also inspired the creation in 1954 of the magnificent Iwo Jima Memorial (aka The Marine Memorial), which stands outside the walls of Arlington National Cemetery. Inscribed thereon are the words, Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue, a tribute to the 30,000 young Marines and sailors who waded into a blood-bath that morning to defend your freedom. We suffered 20,196 casualties, 4,189 killed, with 3,650 lost the first day. Half of the flag-raisers died on Iwo.
The Iwo Jima Memorial is a tribute to all U.S. Marines who served their country, from 1776 forward. Most Americans view the Memorial as a symbol of national pride and determination. As a former Marine and past Colorado state commandant of the Marine Corps League, I believe the Herald owes us and all Americans a public apology.
Edmund Andersson, Durango