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“Great for Fireworks on the 4th!”

U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial
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Owner description: Commonly called the "Iwo Jima Memorial," the statue is a depiction of the famous raising of the U.S. flag on Iwo Jima and is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives defending that flag.
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“Great for Fireworks on the 4th!”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Get there early! The area to the right of the statue (keep going until you can see the Capitol, Washington Monument, and all of the people with camera tripods) is great for viewing the fireworks display. The monument looks even more amazing lit up at night.

Visited July 2014
Thank Kathryn T
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St. Johns, Michigan
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“Worth the walk”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This memorial is set apart from others and is about a 15 minute walk from Arlington National Cemetery, but it is worth it. The memorial is one of the most popular military images in America, so it's definitely worth seeing. There isn't much else in the area. You can walk to the downtown area from the memorial, but you have to cross some busy streets/highway.

Visited April 2014
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Washington DC
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

An amazing tribute the our Marines. The size and detail of the Memorial was surprising and impressive.

Visited June 2014
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“Must see memorial”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Knowing the story behind this memorial we first went to Arlington to locate Ira Hayes final resting place. For those of you who are not familiar with Ira Hayes, he was one of the soldiers recorded by the photographer Joe Rosenthal aiding his comrades raise the flag on the top of Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. I had always been fascinated by this story and had promised myself that given the opportunity I would find his gravestone and pay my respects.

While on our search we met an Arlington guide who suggested that since we were staying so close to the Marine Corps Memorial, we might wish to consider visiting it to complete our US WW11 tribute.

This was sound advice: the Memorial is more than simply impressive. For me it truly reflected the heroism of not just these soldiers, but all soldiers in all wars.

I cannot recommend this national memorial site enough; try to visit it early - late evening as the setting sun on the bronze figures makes this monument a phenomenal sight to behold and a scene most awe-inspiring.

By the way, after much searching, we were ecstatic to finally locate Ira Hayes grave. I was able to pay my respects. I was also touched to note a few sentimental and poignant memorabilia on the headstone and around the grave, one of which was a phial containing sand from Iwo Jima.

Visited June 2014
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Tupelo, Mississippi
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“Very Impressive”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

We happened to be able to watch a ceremony with Honor Guards, the Marine Corp band and the sun rising over the Memorial. Wish we had gotten there when it began. This is easy to reach and return to regular roads. Some of the areas in Arlington and DC take a GPS to navigate. A must see!!!

Visited June 2014
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