National Veterans Foundation Releases Iwo Jima Battle Documentary for 65th Anniversary of Flag Raising

Feb 22, 2010, 08:00 ET from National Veterans Foundation

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuesday, February 23rd will be the 65th Anniversary of the raising of the American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima. In honor of World War II Veterans and this important date, the National Veterans Foundation (NVF) announces the release of Semper Fi, an historical tribute to the courage, valor, and sacrifice of the U.S. heroes who turned the tide of World War II, and paved the way to victory.

This 20-minute mini documentary uses original battlefield footage shot by the U.S. Military to tell the story of the Iwo Jima battle, during which Marines sustained their heaviest casualties of the war.

The video can be seen in its entirety at Visitors to the website will receive a free copy of the DVD by making a donation of just 65 cents a day to the National Veterans Foundation.

"We were extremely proud to sponsor this project," said NVF President & Founder Shad Meshad. "The raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima is an iconic moment in American history, and we hope the video will bring attention to the nearly two million World War II Veterans still living, many of them just now accessing assisted living benefits and other benefits due to them because of their heroic service. The film and the footage the filmmakers were able to use is just awesome."

Twenty-seven Marines and Sailors received the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallant conduct in the face of tremendous odds at Iwo Jima. The twenty-two Marines who received the honor represented more than one-quarter of all the Congressional Medals of Honor awarded Marines during World War II.

The NVF is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The organization has assisted over 350,000 Veterans. Its mission is to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families.  Veterans in need can call the NVF's Lifeline for Vets™ at 888-777-4443, 365 days a year. Visit the NVF online at or support the organization at

SOURCE National Veterans Foundation