Charles W. Lindberg, the last surviving flag raiser of Iwo Jima, and family members of other deceased flag raisers will help dedicate a war memorial at Memorial Park on Main Street in Long Prairie at 10 a.m. Aug. 10.
Lindberg, a flame thrower with the 28th Marines, was with the first combat patrol that scaled Mount Suribachi to raise the first flag on Japanese soil in 2,000 years.
He will repeat this historic event to honor veterans from all wars. Unveiled will be a four-story replica of Mount Suribachi.
A memorial honoring women who served in the military also will be dedicated.
Other events include a Minnesota National Guard concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 9.
Aug. 10 events will include a fly over; Wee Americans, children ages 10 and under, will sing a tribute to those who served at 11:30 a.m. in the bandshell; the Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra will perform at 12:15 p.m. in the bandshell; and the Kitchen Klatter Band of Eagle Bend will perform at 1:15 p.m.
The Marine Corps Historical Company will offer a military vehicle and arms museum, there will be window displays downtown with memorabilia, uniforms, weapons and pictures, and a National Guard display throughout the city will show wheeled-in track equipment.
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