Our Strank Project coordinated with the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima flag raising. Funds were donated to place a granite monument in a small military park in Franklin Borough, Johnstonw, PA, close to where the Strank family settled when they immigrated to America.
Next, our local veterans group commissioned a video documentary, Our Flag Still Waves, about Michael Strank. It is 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 video 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.