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Newlyweds Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan cut their wedding cake on March 4, 1952. Newscom/FILE
President Richard M. Nixon, First Lady Pat Nixon, and newlyweds Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward Cox stand in the receiving line at the White House on June 12, 1971, following their wedding ceremony in the Rose Garden. Newscom/FILE
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Marc Mezvinsky, left, with his new mother-in-law Hillary Rodham Clinton, his bride Chelsea and father-in-law former President Bill Clinton after the couples wedding July 31, in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Barbara Kinney/Genevieve de Manio Photography/AP
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.