The most iconic image of World War II is the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima Island in the Pacific Ocean by six soldiers on the morning of February 23, 1945, though the battle for the island did not end until March 26, however. 80,000 Marines would be deployed – more than any other battle in World War II.
On January 3, 1777, the battle of Princeton took place that helped turn the tide of the Revolution. However, setting the stage for this battle, early in the morning December 25, 1776, Washington secretly crossed the Delaware River to conduct a surprise attack on Trenton, New Jersey. The painting by Emanuel Leutze depicting Washington Crossing the Delaware included artistic symbols like the “star of Bethlehem” over the oarsman in the front of the boat (to commemorate the birth of Christ), as well as the Betsy Ross flag (though not actually designed until six months after this incident).