• IWO JIMA ASSOCIATION
    OF AMERICA

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Our Mission

The Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the history of the Battle of Iwo Jima for future generations. Annually IJAA sponsors two educational and historical symposiums, in the Washington, DC locale and on the island of Guam. The symposium on Guam includes the "Reunion of Honor" memorial services on Iwo Jima, jointly held with the Iwo Jima Association of Japan (IJAJ). The primary purpose of these symposiums is to honor those on both sides who sacrificed so much by educating the younger generations on the history of the battle in particular, and World War II in general.

 

The IJAA is a 501(c)(3) public charity

Fund Drive

The administration and organization of IJAA has been costly in both time and resources. Consequently, we require an infusion of additional funds to establish our educational component. Annual member dues are insufficient to make this transition.

Sponsor a Iwo Jima Veteran

Throughout the year IJAA receives requests from our wonderful Iwo Jima Veterans who desire to return to that island on which they gave so much while some of their comrades paid the ultimate price for their counry. However, most of these aging warriors are on a fixed income and unable to provide the necessary funds. To assist in defraying those costs, IJAA has a number of fundraising efforts such as raffles and merchandise sales, but for the most part, must depend on the tax-free donations from our patriotic public and members. IJAA invites you to sponsor a Iwo Jima Veteran by a tax free donation to IJAA, a 501 ( C ) 3 Public Charity.

Please make a tax deductible donation to further the Iwo Jima Association of America. Your generous financial contribution will help ensure the name Iwo Jima will live forever in the annals of Military History!

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“Hooray, I’ve just been given a ticket to the first Cubs home game of the World Series! Dave Walker and I will be seated in Section 208, row 9, seats 9 and 10. Look for us. Dave Walker heads the veterans' group, Coalition to Salute to America’s Heroes.  I’m not a hero, but I’ll pretend to be in this case since I’ve waited since 1945 for this to happen but never thought it would. Go Cubs!”
    
Sadly, when Walker came to take Bill to the game, he became ill with a blocked colon and went to the hospital. Surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1. But with a weak heart and failing kidneys, the prospects were bleak.
    
On Wednesday, I received a message from Bill’s son, Jim: “Dad passed away last night with his four children holding his hand. He was in the prep room waiting for surgery but didn’t make it. I was able to read the Cubs newspaper articles to him about the last win (Game 5), which made him happy, but we regret he didn't get to see another win. His was a life well lived.”
    
Indeed Bill’s life was well lived. He taught high school English for 34 years and had also taught classes at Purdue and Indiana universities. He was a great father, a poet, a teacher who could still recite verbatim some 20 poems and a good Marine. At 90 years old, he was still a great Cubs fan. I’d hoped he could hang in there for a World Series winner.  
    
“That was the last thing on my bucket list,” he told me when the playoffs began and I told him I thought this was the year. “I hope so, but I’ve endured a lifetime of disappointment.  This time I will wait and see.”
If only he’d have been able to wait just a couple more days.
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