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U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Arlington Blvd. and Meade St., Arlington, VA 22211
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Ranked #3 of 35 attractions in Arlington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Commonly called the "Iwo Jima Memorial," the statue is a depiction of the famous raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima and is dedicated to all Marines... more » Owner description: Commonly called the "Iwo Jima Memorial," the statue is a depiction of the famous raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima and is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives defending that flag. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

It's such a historic and famous memorial, I think no trip to DC would be complete without it. I think it influences my opinion though since I am a former Marine. But either way, it's in a nice location right near the Arlington National Cemetery and if you're up for a bit of a walk-around kind of day, it's easy... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I took an evening tour. How dramatic the monument looked highlighted in the lights. It is created from the famous Iwo Jima photo but honors all Marines. To give you a perspective, the rifles are about 12 feet long.

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Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Sends a jolt of pride through you. The sculpture captures the spiirit of the Corps and the men and women who proudly serve , Semper Fi...

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The history behind this memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, based upon the photograph of the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi during the battle for Iwo Jima is fascinating, and is detailed on the plaques surrounding the memorial. The size of the memorial was a major surprise...it is actually much larger than I had imagined! The... More

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Columbia,IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The price paid by the Marines is well knowen for the Islands in the Pacific. To see the icon of a War Memorial up close is a fine experience for old and young.

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California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The memorial's simplicity says it all. The size of the sculpture is impressive. All of the wars in which Marines fought are listed around the base. Finding the memorial may be challenging, but if you know someone who served in the USMC, it will be worth the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Situated next to Arlington National Cemetery the Marine Corps War Memorial overlooks DC and depicts the second flag raising on Iwo Jima. Standing in front of the statue is where the power of the statue hits you. With no faces showing the Marines, and Navy Corpsman, represent every Marine who has served their country.

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I thought it was just the flag raising at Iwa Jima, but it is a memorial to all those that have been called Marines since the beginning of the USA. Around the base are listed in chronological order all the theaters that our USMC has been involved in. Additionally, from there you get a great view of the Washington Memorial... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Awe-inspring work of genius by Felix de Weldon. A must see for every Marine. Catch a sunset parade if you can! Semper Fidlis!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

A bit off the beaten path, this is well worth a visit. We watched July 4th fireworks here, and then returned for the weekly Marine Corp Sunset Parade. The photo that was the model for the statue is well documented in the book and movie "Flag of our a Fathers". The monument is very approachable and serves as a great... More

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