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U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington

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A symbol of the gratitude of the American people for every Marine who has given his or her life to defend the United States, U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial because of its famous statue. The memorial's statue depicts the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, a victorious image that has great resonance in the country. Sculptor Felix W. de Weldon used the original image, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph by Joe Rosenthal, to create this statue. Weldon also arranged for three survivors of the flag raising to pose for his sculpture, which was officially unveiled in 1954. Work out when and for how long to visit U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial and other Arlington attractions using our handy Arlington vacation generator.
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  • This is a larger-than-life depiction of the iconic raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. Seeing the names of the battles and conflicts where the Marines have bravely served was very emotional. This is a be...  more »
  • I used to work at 8th&I. Several years I worked the parades out at Iwo. This is sacred ground to Marines. Great monument to see. Has a lot of history in one monument about what makes the Marine Corps ...  more »
  • My partner is a veteran Marine. He volunteered as soon as he graduated high school. The Marines impacted him in such a positive way he is proud to be a member of the Marine brotherhood for life. That ...  more »
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  • Really cool statue with plenty of space to enjoy a nice picnic in the area. Parking was plentiful nearby but not much overflow parking available. Also be sure to check out the nearby Netherlands Carillon.
  • Stunning memorial! Each view is interesting and gives a different perspective of both the action and each Marine. It's definitely worth crossing the river especially with the Arlington cemetery just next to it. Other comment explains the History better than I would. Tip: the Arlington Cemetery closes at 5PM so unless you're very found of the current light, it's better to visit the Cemetery first and the memorial after as the latter never closes (it's an open space, like a park.)
  • I was in shock as to how big this memorial is. Pictures clearly do this place no justice. You have to see it in person. Deserves nothing less than 5 stars.
  • A bit hard to get to unless by car or bike. Beautiful statue I'm memory of soldiers who died defending democratic values. There is a park around it, and there are some great views of the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Memorial.
  • Overlooking Arlington National Cemetery and the District of Columbia, this massive statue almost allows one to understand the struggles and accomplishments of the Marine Corps from 1775 to present. A little bit of a hike to get to, but more than worth the experience!