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So Proudly We Hail

May 27, 2004 – September 6, 2004

Museum: American History Museum

Location: 2nd Floor, West Wing, near Preserving the Star-Spangled Banner

To commemorate the opening of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, 4 U.S. flags flown at significant moments during the war are on view:

  • the original flag raised on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima (the flag depicted in the iconic photograph)
  • the original flag flown during Commodore Perry's opening of Japan was flown symbolically on the deck of U.S.S. Missouri when General Douglas McArthur accepted the surrender of Japan
  • the flag carried by the first U.S. regiment to enter Berlin after it fell to the Soviets.
  • a flag constructed using a captured Nazi flag, a blue dress uniform, and some salvaged red fabric during WWII.