United States Marine Corps War Memorial

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United States Marine Corps War Memorial showing military items

Don’t miss this poignant site, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, honoring all members of the Marine Corps who died defending the United States.

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial depicts soldiers raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi during World War II. Pay your respects at this iconic memorial, which commemorates Marines who have given their lives in battle since the Corps founding in 1775.

Admire the imposing sculpture, which stands 78 feet (23 meters) tall. It was inspired by an image captured by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal in February, 1945. The photo and statue depict five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the U.S. flag and signaling the takeover of Iwo Jima, a small Pacific island located 660 miles (1,060 kilometers) south of Tokyo. The photo came to symbolize the heroism of the American forces in the war against Japan.

Look at the 32-foot-high (10-meter) figures, shown raising a 60-foot (18-meter) bronze flagpole. Notice the cloth flag at the top of the pole, which flies at full mast year-round. Three of the men in the photo were killed during further fighting on the island, while the three survivors posed in person for sculptor Felix W. de Weldon. The memorial was dedicated in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Examine the base of the memorial, which is made of rough Swedish granite. Inspect it to see an inscription with the names of fallen members of the U.S. Marine Corps as well as the words "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 United States Marine Corps War Memorial is located near Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. To get here, take the metro to Rosslyn Metro Station and then walk six blocks. The memorial is always open and admission is free. Stop here on Tuesday evenings from early June to mid-August, when hour-long drum and bugle performances are held. No visit to Arlington is complete without seeing this powerful memorial.

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Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
Red Lion Hotel Rosslyn Iwo Jima
2.5 out of 5
1501 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA
The price is ¥7,971 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
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Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 S Orme St, Arlington, VA
The price is ¥9,584 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
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Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
Hyatt Place Washington DC/White House
3 out of 5
1522 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
The price is ¥12,427 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4
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The Watergate Hotel
The Watergate Hotel
5 out of 5
2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC
The price is ¥30,257 per night from Feb 20 to Feb 21
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Hyatt Centric Arlington
Hyatt Centric Arlington
4 out of 5
1325 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA
The price is ¥12,929 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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Sonesta Select Arlington
Sonesta Select Arlington
3 out of 5
1533 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, VA
The price is ¥11,845 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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ARC HOTEL Washington DC, Georgetown
ARC HOTEL Washington DC, Georgetown
3 out of 5
824 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington, DC
The price is ¥11,275 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Cozy 1BR Rosslyn Apt with a View
Cozy 1BR Rosslyn Apt with a View
3 out of 5
Arlington Boulevard 1211, Arlington, VA
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Residence Inn by Marriott Arlington at Rosslyn
3 out of 5
1651 N Oak St, Arlington, VA
The price is ¥12,642 per night from Feb 4 to Feb 5
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