U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Your Guide
Dena Kennett, ASLA

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, also called the Iwo Jima Memorial, is a military memorial statue outside the walls of the Arlington National Cemetery, just past the Netherlands Carillon. The design of the massive sculpture by Felix de Weldon was based on the iconic photo Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal. This Pulitzer Prize-winning photo captured the moment when the Marine Corps’ Fifth Division raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi, on the small Japanese island of Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945 and is arguably one of the most memorable images of World War II. 


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