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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  • August 14, 2017
    One of the most famous photos from Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II becomes a memorial. As a kid, this statue used to be in my daily morning national anthem montage. One of the view sites that the f...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is a wonderful tribute to our nation's Marine Corp. It is much larger than one would expect and brings the moment to life. A must see!  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This memorial resonated the patriotism I fill for this country and the men and women who serve, it is out of the way from the other memorials but well worth the time spent to visit it...very emotional...  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    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.
  • March 17, 2017
    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.)
  • June 28, 2017
    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.
  • May 25, 2017
    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.
  • May 29, 2017
    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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