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Marine Corps War Memorial

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Marine Corps War Memorial
U.S.M.C War Memorial, Iwo Jima Memorial


Structure in General

existing [completed]




  • The memorial commemorates all Marines who have given their lives in defending the US since 1775.
  • The memorial itself depicts Marines erecting Old Glory atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima following the Marines' defeat of the Japanese.
  • The Marine Corps Memorial was designed by Horace W. Peaslee whilst the sculptor Felix W. de Weldon designed the sculpture, based on a photograph of the event.
  • The figures are 32 feet tall whilst the flagpole is 60 feet in length.
  • The base of the memorial is fashioned from Swedish granite and bears the dates and names of every major Marine Corps engagement since its founding, picked out in gold.
  • The total cost of the memorial and its site was $850,000, all of which was donated by Marines past, present and associated bodies.
  • The memorial was dedicated on 10th November, 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • There are two inscriptions on the base of the monument, one of which reads: "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".
  • The second inscription (which is a tribute from Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz to the men who took Iwo Jima) reads: "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue.".
  • As of 12th June 1961, a flag has flown from the pole as the result of a Presidential proclamation.
  • The memorial is one of the world's largest and most memorable monuments.
  • Marine Corps War Memorial is sited at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, overlooking the Potomac River.

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US Marine Memorial Circle

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78.00 ft

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  • One of the city's famous buildings
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