Better known simply as "the Iwo Jima," this memorial, despite its familiarity, has lost none of its power to stir the emotions. Honoring Marines who gave their lives since the Corps was formed in 1775, the statue, sculpted by Felix W. de Weldon, is based on Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising a flag atop Mt. Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. By executive order the U.S. flag flies day and night from the 78-foot-high memorial. On Tuesday evenings from early June to mid-August there's a Marine Corps sunset parade on the grounds of the memorial. Call 703/289–2500 for start times. On parade nights a free shuttle bus runs from the Arlington Cemetery visitors parking lot.
Arlington, Virginia, United States
Jan 25, 2014
This iconic monument is worth seeing whether you are a Marine or not! It is free to enter the park and grounds and there is plenty of room to pitch a blanket and have a picnic (in the summer). It is a beautiful park with a great view of DC. And don't miss the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, VA. The museum's structure is styled after the Iwo Jima Memorial. The museum tells the history of the United States from the perspective
of the Marines. It is also FREE to enter, has less people than DC museums and world class displays. And what is better than having a Marine greet you at the door?!