Pence plans Friday observance of Iwo Jima anniversary

Yesterday was the 75th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Vice President Mike Pence marked the occasion by going to the Marine Corps War Memorial and laying a wreath.

His brother, Columbus Congressman Greg Pence along with Sen. Todd Young will be honoring the anniversary with a ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial on Friday. They will be joined by World War II veteran Jim Baize, who served during the battle. Both Congressman Pence and Senator Young are Marines Corp veterans. Last week, they introduced a resolution tor recognize the 75th anniversary of the battle.

The ceremony at the Indiana War Memorial will be at 3 p.m. Friday in downtown Indianapolis.

The World War Two battle between the U.S. and Japan lasted just over a month. It claimed the lives of almost 7,000 U.S. Marines and around 21,000 Japanese.