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The Iwo Jima Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers and depends on
donations and event proceeds to maintain the National Iwo Jima Memorial and Park.  Anyone is welcome to join the
Foundation organization.

The National Iwo Jima Memorial Park is located near CCSU at the intersection of Barbour Rd. and Ella Grasso
Boulevard in New Britain, CT. It is accessible from exit 29 off Route 9. In case of inclement weather, call ahead to
confirm. Any changes will be posted on the Foundation’s Face book page at “Iwo Jima Memorial Historical
Foundation, Inc.” You may also check or call Gary at 860-291-9666.
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4th Annual Iwo Jima Survivors Victory Ride & OPERATION THANK YOU
May 19

A SPECIAL Thank you to our 2013 Corporate Sponsors:

Bronze Level
Proud Few Motorcycle Club
Family of Anthony Marino
Andi Grant
Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Gildo T. Consolini Post 3272 Avon, CT
Teamsters Retirees Chapter Local 677
Mr. Michael Timura
Family of Maurice Fabiani
Family of Sam Russo
Farmington Bank
Patriot Guard Riders of Connecticut

Silver Level
Roger Beit, Harvest Investments LLC
H & R Block
Comissioner Linda Schwartz, Department of Veterans Affairs

Gold Level
Colt Defense

Platinum Level
Lois and George Caron
August 16, 2014
The Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, Inc. and the Newington Memorial Funeral Home will be
holding the 6th Annual VJ Day Candlelight Ceremony of Remembrance on Saturday, August 16th.  The
public is invited to attend this free event and participate in this solemn ceremony by remembering a
deceased loved one who served at any time in the U. S. Armed Forces.

The ceremony will remember and honor ALL America's Veterans who served at ANY time in the Armed
Forces and who have since passed away as well as those who were KIA/MIA/POW.  Among those being
remembered are the 100 Connecticut servicemen who were killed in action during the World War II Battle
of Iwo Jima. The public is invited to participate by remembering any special veterans in their lives who
have passed away. The ceremony will include singers, bagpipes, invocation, speakers, taps, rifle salute,
riderless horse and the lighting of candles. The public is invited to call the name of a loved one and toll a
bell for each. Everyone is invited to bring a photo of the veteran they would like to remember and place it
on the "Wall of Honor" or email it to us for inclusion on a digital photo display.  The Foundation
recognizes the “Spirit of ’45” events held throughout the country which celebrates the “can do” attitude
of the Greatest Generation.

The Newington Memorial Funeral Home is once again generously co-sponsoring this event and
assisting in the ceremony.  The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home
located at 20 Bonair Ave, Newington.  This ceremony will be followed by a formal escorted procession to
the National Iwo Jima Memorial where the lighting of candles will take place.  Those interested in
attending are asked to first go to the funeral home and take the shuttle bus generously provided by New
Britain Transportation Company following the initial ceremony there.  Parking at the memorial will be
limited to elderly, handicap, presenters and motorcycles.  In case of rain, the entire ceremony will take
place at the Funeral Home.

The Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission
is to maintain the National Iwo Jima Memorial, educate others about the history of the Battle of Iwo Jima
and to perpetuate the memory of those who fought and died there.

We are seeking additional sponsors and volunteers to help with this event. For more information, please
contact Gary Roy at (860) 291-9666 or email

There will be two very special announcements made during the Candlelight Ceremony.