July 4 commemorates the catalyst that turned colonies into a nation and farmers into soldiers. Through violent battles and long winters, our country was forged by men and women who chose independence as soldiers, spies and sailors. These individuals fought for the ability to create an idea – where people could be free to pursue life, liberty and happiness.
Seventy-seven years ago this month, the Battle of Iwo Jima began on the tiny island in the Pacific. This battle was one of the most hard fought of World War II, resulting in the death of 7,360 U.S. service men. There aren’t very many World War II veterans left in the nation. Quite a few of the ones who do remain with us require specialized care, as do many of our aging veterans.