PHOTOS: Veterans honored on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima

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Navy Chaplain Commander Garry Thornton Jr., Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Josiah Bunting III, WWII Navy and Battle of Iwo Jima veteran Ira Rigger, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund founder Jan Scruggs participate in a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall Wednesday.

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: WWII veteran Constantine Rizopoulos (L) talks with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley following a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: A girl holds a photograph of her great-grandfather Marine Corporal Julian McBee Shobe, who fought with the U.S. Marines in the Battle of Iwo Jima, while Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley talks to her family following a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the battle at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 Americans and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: Navy veteran Ira Rigger (C), who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, is accompanied by National Park Service volunteer Sid Wade, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Josiah Bunting III and Navy Chaplain Commander Garry Thornton Jr., during a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Navy Chaplain Commander Garry Thornton Jr., Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Josiah Bunting III, WWII Navy and Battle of Iwo Jima veterna Ira Rigger, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund founder Jan Scruggs participate in a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: Navy veteran Ira Rigger (C), who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, is applauded by (L-R) Navy Chaplain Commander Garry Thornton Jr., Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Josiah Bunting III, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund founder Jan Scruggs during in a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (R) and Navy veteran Ira Rigger, who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, bow their heads in prayer during a ceremony commemorating the battle at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (R) and Navy veteran Ira Rigger, who participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima, shake hands during a ceremony commemorating the battle at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 19: (L-R) Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, Friends of the National World War II Memorial Chairman Josiah Bunting III, Battle of Iwo Jima veteran Ira Rigger, and National Park Service volunteer Sid Wade participate in a wreath-laying ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall February 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. 6,821 American and more than 17,000 Japanese combatants were killed were killed during this five-week battle, which saw some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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