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Kresta in the Afternoon – May 31, 2021 – Hour 1

RJ Matawa shares the story of the Mass on Mt Suribachi, Iwo Jima and Donna Marie Cooper-O’Boyle reflects on the life of a military wife.

The Mass on Mt. Suribachi

It’s one of the most iconic images of the Second World War – six US Marines raising the flag on Mt Suribachi during the horrific Battle of Iwo Jima. But did you know a Mass was celebrated under the flag? RJ Matava joins us with the story, 75 years after the battle.

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The Mass on Mount Suribachi

Mass on Mount Suribachi (Iwo Jima)

“It Was a Real Killing Field”: Remembering Iwo Jima

RJ Matava is the Dean of Graduate School at Christendom College. Two of his uncles served on Iwo Jima and one was killed in action there. He’s a lifetime member of the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation.

The Life of a Catholic Military Wife

On Memorial Day we honor our soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. But we can’t overlook the smaller everyday sacrifices made by the wives and families of our soldiers. Donna Marie Coooper OBoyle joins us with stories, prayers and meditations for Catholic military wives.

Donna-Marie Cooper O’ Boyle is a frequent guest on EWTN television and radio. She’s the author of many books, including “By Dawn’s Early Light: Prayers and Meditations for Catholic Military Wives.” Visit
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