As we prepare for Veterans Day on Monday, we are are also leading up to what would have been the 100th birthday of Sgt. Michael Strank of Franklin Boro. Sgt. Strank is the man who led five other five Marines in the raising of the US flag on Iwo Jima in February of 1945. That photo of that flag raising is acknowledged as the most recognized image in world history! After the flag raising, Sgt. Strank and two of the flag-raisers were killed in action on that island. November 10th would have been Strank’s 100th birthday.
Here are some of the Strank-related events happening this weekend:
- 1PM Saturday – dedication of the Sgt. Michael Strank Memorial Park in Franklin Borough … come see the new landscaping and 3D sculpture of the flag raising
- 7PM Saturday – a Tomahawks hockey game dedicated to veterans, with a special presentation during the first intermission.
- 1PM Sunday – a showing of the Strank documentary followed by the 2006 Clint Eastwood directed movie “Flags of Our Fathers” at the Westwood Plaza Theater. The films are free, but the theater only holds 180, so first come, first seated. Doors open at noon.
- 8PM Sunday – WPSU-TV out of State College will show both the Strank documentary and another film about an Ashville sailor who was on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor when it was attacked
- 4PM Monday – the annual Veterans Day parade in downtown Johnstown, followed by birthday cake, celebrating Mike Strank’s 100th birthday. 300 cupcakes will be handed out in Central Park after the parade.