Marine Corps War Memorial/Iwo Jima Memorial

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The capture of Iwo Jima, a noted incident in World War II, was immortalized on film when news photographer Joe Rosenthal photographed five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising a large American flag.  Felix W. de Weldon’s sculpture of that scene honors not only those Marines who fought in World War II, but every Marine who has died defending American since 1775.

The Netherlands Carillon, a gift from the Dutch people in gratitude for American aid during World War II, is adjacent to the memorial. Concerts are held at select times.

Note: Since the site is undergoing renovations, access to the memorial is limited through February 2018.

Especially during the site’s rehabilitation, the National Park Service suggests that you walk the 15-minutes from either the Arlington National Cemetery or Rosslyn Metro stations.


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