Donated Iwo Jima memorial featured in Geneva Cemetery

Published 10:16 am Wednesday, November 11, 2015

GENEVA — A steel memorial in Geneva Cemetery, installed over a year ago, is raising awareness of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

Jerry Jensen, who helps maintain the mowers for the cemetery, said the black silhouette memorial was donated by former Geneva resident Don Broskoff, who now lives in Dodge Center.

Broskoff had first seen a similar metal silhouette in Iowa of the iconic photograph taken Feb. 23, 1945, by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five U.S. Marines and a United States Navy hospital corpsman raising a U.S. flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

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Jensen, a Navy veteran, said the cemetery board approved having the silhouette memorial at the cemetery, and it was installed on the side of the utility building in summer 2014.

The structure came in six pieces and was painted by Steve Munson of Munson’s Body Shop in Clarks Grove, who donated both the paint and labor.

Jensen said the response to the memorial has been positive.

There are 138 veterans buried in the cemetery.