USMC War Memorial
The USMC War Memorial
(often called the Iwo Jima memorial
), depicting the raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima
, is on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery
in Arlington County, Virginia
, just across the Potomac River
from Washington, D.C
It is dedicated to the lives of United States Marines
given in service to their country since 1775. Nearby is the Netherlands Carillon
The statue, sculpted by Felix deWeldon, was cast in Brooklyn, New York, and shipped to its present site. It is about six times life scale.
An American flag flies on the USMC War Memorial 24 hours a day - one of the few sites where this is permitted. The memorial was formally dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the Marine Corps.