The first flag was raised on Mount Suribachi by US Marines on February 23rd, 1945 almost a month before the end of the battle for Iwo Jima. The photo, which the Iwo Jima Memorial is fashioned after, was taken by Joe Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s photo is the most reproduced image in the history of photography.
This is my reproduction: The Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington, VA taken about twenty minutes after sunrise on September 9th, 2007. I used a Nikon D70 and a Nikkor AF 60mm f2.8 Micro mounted on a tripod. The photo was taken in RAW format and developed in Adobe Lightroom.