A fitting memorial to the Marine Corps. If you have not seen this in person, I suggest you do. This monument is HUGE. Located in Bicentennial Park.
The history behind the epic moment captured and depicted:
"The Battle of Iwo Jima
On February 19, 1945 about 70,000 marines invaded the small Pacific Island of Iwo Jima which was under control of the Japanese army. The island was a strategic objective due to its airfield which was used for kamikaze attacks.
By capturing the island, the Allied Forces would not only prevent attacks from the island but it would also give them a base from where the Japanese mainland could be reached by B-29 Superfortresses.
One of the first objectives in the attack was capturing Mount Suribachi, the highest point on the island. On February 23, the mountain was almost secured. At around 10:30 am, a small American flag was raised atop the mountain. Later that day, a much larger flag was raised by five Marines and a Navy corpsman. The raising was witnessed by news photographer Joe Rosenthal whose pulitzer prize winning picture of the flag raising would become a symbol of the war in the Pacific. It was soon used by the American government to sell war bonds and to promote the war effort."
Some specific history behind Fall River's version of the memorial: http://www.network54.com/Forum/220604/thread/1119036400/last-1119036400/Iwo+Jima+Monument+In+Fall+River