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“Sunset Parade” 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.
Egg Harbor City, New Jersey
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“Sunset Parade”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

The statue is inspiring, as always. I attended the Tuesday evening parade, which occurs during the summer months. The Marine Corps Band and the Rifle drill team were outstanding. The silent drill by the drill team is incredible!

Visited July 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great View of Washington, D.C.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

No other war memorial captures the essence of the teamwork and cooperative spirit necessary to prevail on the battlefield as does the Iwo Jima Memorial. A great testimony to the 6,000 + Marines and sailors who gave their all capturing Iwo.

Visited June 2013
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East Syracuse, New York
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“Five Marines & One Navy Sailor Stand Tall.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Not until looking at my photos of the memorial, did I realize how moving the statue is. Zooming into the faces, hands on the pipe, front & back & the placement of the boots. Here is group of marines & one lone sailor raising the U.S. flag without cover, death at any second. Did these men think not to raise the flag. NO.

From a distance or up show this is one strong impressive memorial. 32 feet in height in bronze erecting a 60 foot pipe, holding the U.S. flag.

There are four information stands;

Making a Memorial.
The Flag Raising.
The Battle of Iwo Jima.
The History of The U.S. Marine Corps.

Making a Memorial tells how several life-size figures were used to construct the memorial, all from the Joe Rosenthal photo. The also shows the giant calf of Michael Strank and face of Rene Gagnon.

The Flag Raising is about the raising of a smaller flag, then the decision to raise a much larger flag.& how one photo captured the moment. Also are photos of all five marines & the sailor.

The Battle For Iwo Jima explains the necessary reason for taking the island, a landing base for damaged B-29 bomber returning from Japan. Also the length of battle & cost to both sides.

History of the U.S. Marine Corps mentions the first amphibious marine landing during the Revolutionary War, war of 1812, Boxer Rebellion in China, WW1 France, the Pacific Theater, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf to Afganistan.

Just under the rim of the top, around the entire memorial is every engagement, with time & place, from the beginning to present, that the marines took part of.

I noticed very few words were spoken, probably out of respect to the monument & mariners. if words were spoken they were on the quiet side.If anyone wants to know if the United States is dedicated to a strong cause, this monument will show the world that the U.S. will never back down.

Finding the memorial is not an easy task. The monument is located on the far north side of Arlington, outside the cemetery. See my review of Arlington Cemetery for the quickest & shortest route. I took the long & winding route, however the time & exercise was worth the walk. My only regret was not taking more photos.

This memorial is one of three must see sites at Arlington, with President Kennedy's grave and Arlington House. If I ever return to Arlington, this monument will be first on my list.

Jack L, Syracuse, New York.

Visited July 2013
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london
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“Definitely lived up to my expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

I have always wanted to see this memorial after seeing the iconic photo it is inspired by. In my mind it was going to be big and it didn't disappoint. Definitely my favourite memorial in DC!

Visited August 2013
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Burlington, Canada
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“Spectacular visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Just a very poignant and impressive memorial. I am so glad I finally was able to visit this part of Arlington

Visited July 2013
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