We were told during the orientation that if you wanted to go to the ceremony, walk down to the beach, then go to and climb Mt. Suribachi and then return to the airfield. You'd be walking over 10 miles. We were told, beforehand, that shuttles could be available but there would be long waits. In reality, NO shuttles were available and we saw dozens of empty buses and trucks go by us on multiple occasions. The only ones provided transportation were the Iwo Jima veterans and their helpers. We were told there were about nine Iwo veterans, the youngest of which was 97!
There were hundreds of older people who were unable to complete this arduous journey, and we saw many medical incidents. It wasn't until late in the day that buses would stop and pick up people and that was somewhat due to the plane schedule.