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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 statue is located before you enter the gates to Arlington cemetery. Looks like it was once copper and due to weather, it has turned green over the years. 
  • This was absolutely beautiful and worth the walk. During the bus tour in Arlington Cemetery, there is a stop for you to get off and walk. Please do it. This is so much larger than you can imagine from...  more »
  • Everyone knows the iconic WWII photo that inspired this monument, and the fact that it represents both an historic event AND the warrior spirit of the USMC -- the best fighting force in the world -- m...  more »
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  • Sometimes, you see classic monuments or memorials online, on tv or in other media and then when you have the opportunity to see them in person they are smaller than you expected. That is not the case with this impressive monument to the proud Marines at Iwo Jima.
  • IWO jima Marine memorial is a great place to honor and pay respects for our fellow troops who have sacrificed so much. The monument is breathtaking.
  • Very beautiful area, park was very clean. This monument was astounding, and had a historical impact
  • It's a interesting statue. It's an iconic image cast in massive bronze. It labels all the wars the Marines have been in, like WWII and Grenada in '83. Other than looking at the statue there isn't much else to do.
  • Easy to great to near Rosslyn and next to Arlington Cemetery, this is an amazing monument. Must see both places.