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Updated: 06/15/2014 08:00:02AM

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY
Carol Bemister, president of the Punta Gorda Elks Lodge 2606 Elkettes, places her hand over her heart as she sings the national anthem during a Flag Day ceremony Saturday at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY
Carol Naken, MaryLou Grizzle, Ethel Kretcschman and Margo Meyer recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Flag Day ceremony.

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Joe Campbell, the exalted ruler of Elks Lodge 2606, thanked the crowd for attending the Flag Day ceremony.

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The U.S. flags and POW/MIA flag line the hall Saturday at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte, during the ceremony.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PORT CHARLOTTE — On the morning of Feb. 23, 1945, the island of Iwo Jima suddenly erupted with bells, horns and whistles from the hundreds of ships poised offshore. The uproar celebrated the raising of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi, signaling the capture of the Japanese-held 554-foot fortress secured by American forces after four days of bloody combat.

A few hours later, a larger one was raised so everyone on the small island could see it.

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