Dear lwo Jima Veterans, Families and Friends:

On October 30, 2016, a beautiful day for the Marine Corps 26.2 mile Marathon, the Iwo Jima Association of America (IJAA) launched a team of intrepid runners to join some 30,000 participants for the wonderful Peoples' Marathon through downtown Washington DC, Arlington and the Monu­ments. To that end the IJAA owes a BIG THANK YOU to: Mary Ponder, Jane Bennet Aldous, Trish Palmer, Megan Kaylor, Lib­erty Phillips, Traci Ball, Justin Nyce, and "Art" Sifuentes.

What was lacking in speed (by some) was more than made up for in spirit, Esprit De Corps, and sheer determination. The time invested in training; the pain, fatigue, sore aching mus­cles, schedule changes and adjustments, and pure dogged­ness to complete a 26.2 mile jaunt is no mean feat. Congratu­lations to all! But even more important, Thank You to all who donated to this fundraising campaign toward helping our lwo Jima veterans return to lwo Jima. And a special Thanks to EM­BLEMAX for their support and beautiful running shirts.

IJAA raised nearly $10,000. We hope to do it again next year and raise even more ... Again ... Thanks all. ..

Well Done and Semper Fi,

LtGen "Norm" Smith
USMC (Ret)
President/CEO IJAA