Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
Located north of Arlington National Cemetery, the Marine Corps War Memorial servers as a monument “In Honor And Memory Of The Men Of The United States Marine Corps Who Have Given Their Lives To Their Country Since 10 November 1775”. Dedicated in 1954 by President Eisenhower during the 179th anniversary of the Marine Corps, the memorial towers 78 feet in height with six 32 foot bronze figures raising the flag.
The memorial is often referred to as the Iwo Jima memorial, as it depicts the raising of the second flag at Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. The photo of the flag raising was taken by Joe Rosenthal and won a Pulitzer Prize. The six members of the armed forces included Sergeant Michael Strank, Corporal Harlon Block, Private First Class Rene Gagnon, Private First Class Ira Hayes, Private First Class Franklin Sousley, and Pharmacist Mate Second Class John Bradley (USN). The base of the memorial is inscribed with the date and location of every major engagement by U.S. Marines.
The Marine Corps War Memorial also provides the iconic DC skyline view of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and United States Capitol in one line. From the Marine Corps War Memorial, keep walking south to the bell tower (Netherlands Carillon) for the best view of all three.
The memorial is located between the Arlington Cemetery and Rosslyn Metro stops. It is a half mile walk from either station. Limited parking is also available. The memorial is undergoing a refurbishment after a private donation was made for its upkeep. The renovation is expected to conclude in 2018.