Was surprised how large this memorial was, its very impressive and very moving. The memorial is modeled on real marines who fought on Iwo Jima, Having watched the mini series "Pacific" i now realize what horrors they went through to achieve their goal. Around the base of the memorial are plaques naming all the "conflicst" marines have been involved in. This was the first memorial visited by us on our trip to Washington and it set the tone for all the other wonderful memorials, as its on the edge of Arlington Cemetery its even more poignant. Well worth seeing.