Marine Corps War Memorial
The Marine Corps War Memorial is located near the Arlington National Cemetery.
The memorial is dedicated to all personnel of the United States Marine
Corps (USMC) who have died in the defense of their country since 1775.
Its design was based on the iconic photo from the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is a historic photograph taken on Feb 23, 1945,
by Joe Rosenthal. It depicts five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the
flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.
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The granite base of the memorial bears two inscriptions:
"In honor and memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have
given their lives to their country since 10 November 1775"
"Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue."
a tribute by Admiral Chester Nimitz
to the fighting men on Iwo Jima.
The location and date of every major Marine Corps engagement up to the present
is inscribed around the base of the memorial.
The memorial was officially dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on
Nov 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps.
In 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation that a U.S. Flag
should fly from the memorial 24 hours a day, - one of the few official
sites where this is permitted.
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