Iwo Jima monument in dire need of a rescue mission

A nonprofit "friends" group has formed to work with the National Park Service and Marine Corps representatives to raise funds to improve the Iwo Jima monument.

James Donovan, founder and executive director of the Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, places a wreath at the memorial during the Christmas wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 13. "As far as updates, we haven't kept pace with the times and its needs," said Mr. Donovan, a former Marine corporal who served at the monument's Silent Drill Platoon from 1964 to 1968. (Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea/USMC)

James Donovan, founder and executive director of the Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, places a wreath at the memorial during the Christmas wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 13. "As far as updates, we haven't kept pace with the times and its needs," said Mr. Donovan, a former Marine corporal who served at the monument's Silent Drill Platoon from 1964 to 1968. (Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea/USMC)

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