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Marine Corps War Memorial

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

10 secrets about Marine Corps War Memorial in D.C you must know

The first thing to clear up is that the statue is actually located a bit outside D.C. in Arlington, Virginia. The statue is famous because it is based off a famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal, which won the Pulitzer Prize. It was taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima, one of the hardest battles ever fought by the US Marines. 1/3 of all marine casualties would be here. Over 26,000 Marines and 22,000 Japanese defenders would die. The monument was based off the photo, but it is dedicated to all Marine Corps members since it's founding.

The statue was officially dedicated November 10, 1954 by President Eisenhower. If you want to learn more about the names of the marines you can go to the National Park Service link and see their names.

Iwo Jima, a small island located 660 miles southern of Tokyo, was the last country that U.S. troops recaptured from the Japanese during World War II. The Iwo Jima Memorial statue depicts the scene of the flag raising by five Marines and a Navy hospital corpsman that signaled the successful takeover of the island. The capture of Iwo Jima eventually led to the end of the war in 1945.The figures of the Marines in the Iwo Jima Memorial statue erect a 60-spurn impudence flagpole from which a cloth flag flies 24 hours a age.

Harlingen’s most recognizable heritage tourism bait is the Iwo Jima Monument. This massive structure is the original working model used by sculptor Dr. Felix de Weldon in his run of the official boldness version in Washington, D.C. The remembrance is as powerful as the true rendering, with its six inspirational figures stirring vigorous patriotic emotions among the veterans and visitors who make regular pilgrimages to the memorial. Dr. de Weldon donated the structure to the nearby Marine Military Academy as an inspiration to young cadets, also considering the regional connection to one of the soldiers depicted in the monument and the extent ideal temperatures. Be sure to visit the adjacent pinacotheca and present shop associated with the Marine Military Academy. The museum contains exhibits and displays primarily narrated to the U.S. Marine Corps, including the Iwo Jima Veterans Hall of Fame and an educational and stirring film about the Battle for Iwo Jima.

The Picture behind the Statue The tiny island of Iwo Jima lies 660 miles southern of Tokyo. Mount Suribachi, an extinct volcano that forms the narrow southern tip of the inch, rises 550 performance to dominate the ocean around it. US troops had recaptured most of the other islands in the Pacific Ocean that the Japanese had taken in 1941 and 1942. In 1945 Iwo Jima became a primary objective in American plans to bring the Pacific electioneer to a auspicious conclusion. On the morning of February 19, 1945, the 4th and 5th Marine Divisions invaded Iwo Jima after an ineffectual 72-hour bombardment. The 28th Regiment of the 5th Division, was ordered to apprehension Mount Suribachi. They reached the base of the mountain on the afternoon of February 21 and, by nightfall the next day, had almost completely surrounded it. On the morning of February 23, Marines of Company E, 2nd Battalion, started the tortuous mount up the rough area to the top. At about 10:30 am one all over the ait were hurl by the sight of a small American flag flying from atop Mount Suribachi. That afternoon, when the slopes were clear of enemy resistance, a second, larger flag was raised in the same situation.

Why the Marine corps memorial was built?

The purpose of the Iwo_Jima memorial is to honor American servicemen who fought valiantly in Japan in 1945.

Iwo Jima was a little island in the south of Japan’s capital Tokyo. The battle of Iwo Jima proved tough to the American forces since they had captured most of the territories in Japan. When they finally did after 72 hours of battle, they raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi that surrounds Iwo Jima.

The Iwo Jima memorial is therefore a tribute to honor their valor for the nation. The American flag that was raised in Iwo Jima was done by five marines viz: Sgt. Micheal Strank, Capt. Harlon Block, Pfc. Franklin R. Souslev, Pfc. Rene Gagnon, Pfc.Ira Hayes and PhM. John Bradley. The memorial was dedicated by President Eisenhower in 1954.


  • History of the Marine Corps War Memorial . (1970). Retrieved on September 25, 2018, from https://www.nps.gov/gwmp/learn/historyculture/usmcwarmemorial.htm.

  • Iwo Jima Memorial: U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial. (1970). Retrieved on September 25, 2018, from https://www.tripsavvy.com/iwo-jima-u-s-marine-corps-war-memorial-1039273.

  • Iwo Jima Mounument and Memorial Museum | Tropical Trail Region. (1970). Retrieved on September 25, 2018, from http://texastropicaltrail.com/plan-your-adventure/historic-sites-and-cities/sites/iwo-jima-mounument-and-memorial-museum.

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