Our Flag Still Waves

US Marine Corp monument depicting the raising of the US flag over Iwo Jima

Sgt. Michael Strank, WWII

Sgt. Michael Strank, WWII

Welcome to this web site honoring U.S. Marine Sergeant Michael Strank, one of the six men who raised the United States flag over the tiny island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific.

A group of veterans organizations from Michael Strank’s hometown have undertaken a Strank Project to salute the men and women who served in World War II, and to make sure their sacrifices are not forgotten. Every day we have fewer and fewer surviving World War II veterans. We want the young people of today to know what their grandparents endured and what they accomplished.

The world is a better place because of the sacrifices made by that “greatest generation.”  May God bless America. 

Our Strank Project coordinated with the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising. Veterans’ groups from Michael Strank’s hometown donated funds to place a granite monument in a small military park in Franklin Borough close to where the Strank family settled when they immigrated to America.

Next, the veterans’ group commissioned a video documentary about Michael Strank. It is not a war movie, but a very personal picture of one young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. The story is told by family members, neighbors and local veterans. The narrator is former Pennsylvania Governor and Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge.

The Strank project video was titled: Our Flag Still Waves and it premiered during a community celebration in February, 2015 at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.  More than a thousand people attended the event. The keynote speaker was Brigader General David J. Furness, U.S.M.C.

Group of Marines on Sirabachi Newspaper Clipping

Additional pages of this web site offer historical detail about the events of World War II in the Pacific.

The narration was prepared by a local Cambria County history student, Scott Krug. We thank him for his efforts.

Be sure to review the profile of Sgt. Michael Strank, The Pacific Campaign, and The Battle of Iwo Jima.

Veterans Groups that initiated The Strank Project include:

  • Veterans Memorial Monument, Inc.
  • Franklin VFW
  • Conemaugh Valley Veterans
  • Marine Corps League League Detachment 287

The Strank Project is a non-profit venture, managed by volunteers,
with limited funding through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Other groups are encouraged to join in The Strank Project. Click here to contact us. 

Please Support
the Strank Project

Donations help an ongoing effort to remember and honor the lives of World War II veterans from western Pennsylvania and across the nation. Contributions are tax deductible, and are being handled by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies,  116 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901.  Phone: (814) 536-7741.  Web: cfalleghenies.org .

You may also purchase a DVD or Blu-ray copy of our 38-minute documentary, Our Flag Still Waves. It is a powerful collection of memories from people who knew Sgt. Michael Strank. The program has aired on our local public television station , WPSU, and has received many favorable comments. To purchase a copy, please contact WIX PIX Productions at 814.322-1505 or Wessel & Company at 814.536.7864. Cost is $30 plus shipping & handling.