Iwo Jima Memorial, Washington D.C.
The US Marine Corps War Memorial, usually referred to as the Iwo Jima Statue, is a larger than life statue inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, of six marines hoisting an American flag on top of Mount Suribachi on the tiny island of Iwo Jima, Japan. The bronze statue sculpted by Felix de Weldon renders Rosenthal's picture with astonishing details, and a real American flag flies permanently on top of the 60-foot-tall flag pole. The memorial was unveiled on November 10, 1954, and is dedicated to "the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775".
Across from Arlington National Cemetery, in an area of riverfront parklands, stands the impressive Iwo Jima Memorial statue. We did stop over to see this depiction of American soldiers working together to victoriously plant the Stars and Stripes, as originally captured in a famous World War II photograph. I was surprised by the sheer size of the statue, which ranks as one of my favorite statues of all time. While standing in front of the statue, visitors can also see the Washington Monument and Capitol dome rising behind it from across the Potomac River. It is defiantly a cool stop to make.
At the end of the day we saw the Marine Corps War Memorial which is also called the Iwo Jima Memorial. The sculpture was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of one of the most historic battles of World War II in the Pacific. The figures in the sculpture are five Marines and a Navy corpsman are erecting a 60-foot bronze flagpole from which a cloth flag flies 24 hours a day.
Even though the statue depicts a battle in WW II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775. It says:
"In honor and in memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the memorial in a ceremony on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corp
We headed out early to avoid the traffic; our first stop would be the Iwo Jima Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington. It is one memorial that stands alone, it is an impressive one, one befitting the veterans and fallen of all branches of the armed forces, not just marines. It is a symbol of United States highest regard, and honor for those who sacrificed much for the freedom of others and ours. It depicts a moment in time; after a furious battle and shedding of blood in World War II, soldiers hoist the US flag.
The statute was made from a photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal, by sculptor Felix W. De Weldon. The statute of the soldiers is life sized; the 32 foot high bronze figures are shown erecting a 60 foot flagpole at the top of the Mount Surbachi on Iwo Jima. Also burnished in gold on the Swedish granite are the names and dates of principal Marine Corps and other armed forces engagements since the founding of the Corps.
There is no reason not to go see this memorial, it is one of a kind and it is FREE!
The United States Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of our nations's highest regard for the honored dead of the Marine Corps. Although the statues depicts one of the most famous events of WWII, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States of America since 1775. Shortly after the release of Associated Press Photography Joe Rosenthal's famous photo, sculptor Felix W. de Weldon, then on duty with the U.S. Navy, constructed a scale model followed by several life-sized statues inspired by the scene.
It was then proposed that the symbolic scene be immortalized in bronze. The Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation organized the fundraising and creation of the monument. After years of effort, Felix de Weldon and his assistants completed the statue. The memorial designed by Horace W. Peaslee, was officially dedicated by Presidents Dwight D.Eisenhower on November 10, 1954. The entire cost of the memorial was $850,000 - all donated by Marines, Naval Service members and friends. The 32 foot high bronze figures are shown erecting a 60 foot flagpole at the top of the Mount Surbachi on Iwo Jima. Burnished in gold on the Swedish granite are the names and dates of principal Marine Corps engagements since the founding of the Corps.
Ira Hamilton Hayes (1923 –1955), Franklin Sousley (1925-1945~killed on Iwo Jima), John Bradley(1923-1994), Michael Strank(1919-1945~killed on Iwo Jima), Rene Gagnon (1926-1979), and Harlon Block(1924-1945 ~killed on Iwo Jima).
At the front edge of a hill in Arlington, VA, nested in front of Ft. Meyer lies one of the most famous war memorials in America, A reproduction of a famous photograph, the Marine Corps War Memorial commemorates the planting of the American flag atop Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima, a small island 660 miles south of Tokyo.
The 78 feet tall, 50-year old Memorial recognize the sacrifice of all U.S. Marines in the various wars and battles they have fought. When standing in front of the massive statue, turn around to see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Capital Dome lined up for picture-postcard photographs.
We had a short visit at this most pictured and printed statues in the US litrature.
The Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of the Nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the status depicts one of the most famous incidents of World war II, the Memorial is dedicated to all marines who have given their lives in the defense of their country since 1775.
Designer Horace W. Peaslee based the statues on Joseph Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize winning photograph of five marines and one sailor raisng the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi after a bloody WWII battle in the Pacific.
Sculptor Felix W. de Weldon created this 78 foot long piece, the largest bronze statue ever cast. The flag incorporated into the monument is a real flag, which flies day and night by Executive orders.
When we visited the site, a battalion of Marines was practicing various drills in the adjacent grounds (pictue # 2).
The Battle of Iwo Jima was fought between the United States and the Japanese in February and March 1945 during World War II.
This very well known monument is worth visiting. It is beautifully sculptured.
The monument was designed using the image captured by Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer Prize-winning picture of 5 Marines and a Navy Corpsman raising the American flag on Iwo Jima.
The memorial was dedicated on November 10, 1954, the 179th birthday of the USMC.
The statue of Iwo Jima
A tribute to those who died in the Battle of Iwo Jima, a Japanese island that was a key strategic position won by the US Marine Corps in 1945.