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War veterans return to battle site, 50 years on.

DOZENS of ageing US veterans have gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima to mark one of the bloodiest and most famous battles of World War II, 70 years ago.

The veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, toured the black sand beaches where they invaded the deeply dug-in forces of the island's Japanese defenders.

They were taken to the top of Mount Suribachi, an active volcano, where an Associated Press photograph of the raising of the US flag while the battle was still raging became a potent symbol of hope and valour to the war-weary public at home.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 22, 2015
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