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Great Falls residents line up to meet Tommy Cox of McLean, a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Battle of Iwo Jima Monday, May 27 at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial.

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Great Falls Marks Memorial Day

Annual ceremony pays tribute to veterans past and present.

Retired Lt. Gen. Norman H. Smith was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in December 1955, more than 10 years after the Battle of Iwo Jima. But 68 years later, he accompanied 14 surviving veterans to the Japanese island, and he was struck by the stories he heard.

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