THE 78TH ANNIVERSARY OF IWO JIMA REUNION OF HONOR TOUR PARTICIPANTS WILL COMMEMORATE THOSE WHO FOUGHT IN THIS EPIC WWII ISLAND STRUGGLE AS THE IWO JIMA ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA RETURNS TO IWO JIMA!
The 78th Anniversary Commemorations has been scheduled for 25 March 2023 on Iwo Jima as the Joint Ceremony with the Japanese will be conducted at the Memorial above Red Beach. Visits to Mt. Suribachi and the Landing Beaches to walk the "Black Sands" are scheduled. MHT is the tour partner of the Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) and in cooperation with United Airlines we have chartered jets for the day long visit to walk the battlefields of this epic clash during the Pacific War. Guam will again be the base of operations for the IJAA Battle Symposium and 78th Anniversary Banquet.
Early in the morning the IJAA tour will depart Guam for a day-long Memorial Tour and Observance on Iwo Jima. Upon arrival, you will be met by the official U.S. and Japanese Government delegation consisting of representatives from the Armed Services. (We will land on the site of Motoyama airfield #2.) After visiting Mt. Suribachi and the scene of the famed flag raising captured by Joe Rosenthal on 23 Feb 1945. Afterwards, Veterans and their families will gather near the landing beaches to conduct Memorial Services at the Anniversary Monument. These services, conducted by Dignitaries and Veterans of the United States and Japan, will remember and memorialize those young men who gave their lives during the savage campaign for the island. Following a box lunch, we will continue touring the island to include the landing beaches. Late in the day we will return to the airfield where this historic day began, to gather one last time in friendship and camaraderie on the sacred soil of Iwo Jima.
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Here is some of the great media coverage from past Iwo Jima Association of America's "Reunion of Honor"
NBC News Lifted the Spirits of America
NBC News Veterans Remember the Battle
BBC Return to Iwo Jima 70 Years On
MarineLink SECNAV Commemorates Battle
DVIDS Interview of Jerry Yellin
ABC Australian TV Report on the Reunion of Honor
Stefan Krasowski's Rapid Travel Chai Travel Blog
The Iwo Jima Association of America will host the 78th Anniversary Reunion & Symposium in Washington, DC from 15-19 February, 2023.
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The Iwo Jima Association of America will host a team for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2023 when the race is finally run for real so join them in Washington, DC next Fall. Call LtCol Raul “Art” Sifuentes for more info (703) 963-6895.
Peleliu is postponed due to the US Marines & US Navy planning & construction to build a advanced training base on Peleliu!
Pre-Tour Peleliu Highlights
Depart the USA for Koror Palau and spend the night. Boat through the beautiful Rock Islands on the way. Peleliu WWII History Sites: The Point; White Beach I & II ; Wildcat Bowl (Japanese artillery pieces, napalm tank and water catch basin); Sherman Tank destroyed by a land mine & aircraft wreakage; Horse Shoe Valley (View the air compressor used by the 81st Infantry Division to clear caves); Death Valley; Last Japanese Command Post; Betty Bomber wreckage; 200mm gun cave; Zero wreckage; big gun bunkers & caves; Japanese tank & Headquarters Building; Hill Row caves, gun bunkers & artillery pieces & Radar Hill. Depart on the 21st to join the main tour at the Dusit Thani Guam.
Post Tour – Enjoy 4 Nights & 3 Days at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
RELAX & ENJOY THE SUN & HISTORIC WWII SITES ON HONOLULU!
Hawaii WWII History Sites: USS Arizona Memorial; USS Bowfin and the WWII Submarine Museum; USS Missouri and Ford Island; Pacific War Memorial; Home of the Brave Museum; Dole Pineapple Plantation; “Punchbowl”, the National Cemetery of the Pacific & Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.
Post Tour Saipan & Tinian Highlights
Saipan WWII History Sites: American Memorial Park Visitor Center; 2d and 4th Marine Division beaches; Mt. Tapotchau; Aslito/Isley Airfield; "Death Valley"; "Purple Heart Ridge"; "Suicide Cliff" & "Banzai Cliff"; Liberation Ceremony & wreath laying at the American Memorial Park.
Tinian WWII History Sites: Invasion beaches; North Field—B-29 Airfields; "Atomic bomb pits"; Runway Able where the B-29s Enola Gay took off for Hiroshima & Bockscar for Nagasaki.
Depart Saipan on the morning of the 30th for Guam to transfer to our flight home.
78th Anniversary Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor (20 - 27 March 2023)
- Product Code: 2303-PAC-IWO
- Availability: Tour is SOLD OUT