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“Best Memorial in DC” 5 of 5 stars
Review of U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
Arlington Blvd. and Meade St., Arlington, VA 22211
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Ranked #3 of 33 attractions in Arlington
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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.
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“Best Memorial in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We found this to be the most impressive monument in DC. We visited it twice. Once at sunrise and once after dark. It impressed us both times.

Visited April 2013
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“Our Country”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The Memorial makes you remember what our country stands for - how & why - and gives you great proud in our military, specifically the Marines.

Visited February 2013
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“Found by happy accident”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We missed our turn to head back to Virginia after visiting Arlington Cemetery and got on the wring road. All of a sudden on my left I saw the memorial! It took a few tries to loop back around & find the entrance (it really should be better marked), but am glad we did. IT IS HUGE. The sculpting is amazing, The detail! Made me proud of Marines every where. PLEASE try to find it, you won't be sorry. I think you could walk there from the cemetery, but we did not see signs anywhere.

Visited April 2013
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Barrow, Alaska
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“Impressive, inspiring memorial to all Marines represented by the flag raising at Iwo Jima”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

The USMC War Memorial commemorates the sacrifices of all Marines for America since 1775. The particular topic chosen to convey the spirit of the Marines is a sculpture patterned after the famous photograph (taken by Joe Rosenthal, Associated Press) of Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman raising the US flag atop Mt.Suribachi on Iwo Jima during WW II. Along the base of the monument are inscribed major battles fought by the USMC over the course of more than two centuries.

The huge sculpture is impressive and suitably inspiring. When we visited, a Marine ceremony was being conducted nearby.

The USMC War Memorial is a short walk from the Netherlands Carillon, which is well worth seeing as well.

The restroom facilities are portable toilets.

Visited April 2013
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“Breath-taking monument with great view of DC from across the Potomac.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

PROS: free 1 hour parking; moving memorial; right by tulip gardens; situated in a hill which offers great background views of the Capitol, Washington monument and Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson memorial; right beside Arlington cemetery.The expansive lawn offers great spots for a picnic.

CONS: about a 30 minute stop.

Visited April 2013
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