MILFORD, Mass. – State Sen. Richard Moore, D-Uxbridge, welcomed the Blackstone Valley Young Marines to the State House last week following a Battle of Iwo Jima observance that included a parade from Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall to the State House.
Iwo Jima was a month-long battle, from Feb. 19 to March 26, 1945, during which United States armed forces captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese. It included some of the fiercest, bloodiest fighting of World War II in the Pacific.
Massachusetts General Law sets forth Feb. 19 as Iwo Jima Day and requires the governor to encourage the public to observe it. For the past 13 years, the Marine Corps League has conducted the observance.
The Young Marines is the “official youth program of the Marine Corps League and the focal point for the Marine Corps Youth drug demand reduction effort. Its mission is to promote the mental, moral and physical development of young Americans.
“All of the Young Marines’ activities emphasize the importance of honesty, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability and a sense of devotion to God, community and family.”