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. Plan a trip to Arlington easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Great monument its close to Arlington national cemetery and you can leave the cemetery and walk over just have to go through security screening on way back in. Tram stops by it but it is a bit of a wa...  more »
  • It is a large monument to the marine war dead, a large and beautiful sculpture with more soldiers intent on planting the flag of the United States. But the most impressive thing was finding to visit the site a coach of army veterans, all very moved and proud of their past. Free and within a pleasant public garden.
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  • Nice statue Very close to arlington and pentagon (easy to drive by when you visit these places) and a must see when you are around. When we visited it, it was being covered due to restauration.  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!

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If your trip to America's capital city doesn't include a big budget for accommodations, consider staying on the other side of the Potomac River in the county of Arlington. You’ll find a good selection of both expensive and economical hotels inside Washington, D.C., proper, but staying in Arlington county removes you from the big crowds and allows you to choose from a range of budget-friendly inns and motels. This area also offers extended-stay apartments, many located near the Ballston neighborhood's metro stop.
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