Something More Than A Statue

Something More Than A Statue (HM2E2O)

Location: Arlington, VA 22209 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.463', W 77° 4.245'

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US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

"I tried to create
Something More than a Statue"

—Felix de Weldon, 1945

10 November 1954

Felix de Weldon (1907-2003)

Made of:
Black granite from Sweden

78 feet | 23.8 m

Cost (1954)

Paid for by
individual Marines
and friends of the Corps

Before World War II, there were no national memorials honoring American veterans. This was the first. Felix de Weldon was working for the Navy when he first saw the flag-raising photo. Powerfully inspired, he started work. He created his first small statue in only 48 hours. He then secured approval from the Corps and Congress to make something grander.

He hoped for monumental art that could "encompass the valiant spirit of our fighting men and thrill the heart of the Nation."

Dedication Day
10 Nov 1954

De Weldon worked on this project for nine years

The statue you see here is 64 times larger than Weldon's first mockup.

Three Marines who survived Iwo Jima posed for the artist with their combat gear.
HM NumberHM2E2O
Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 7:02am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320407 N 4306724
Decimal Degrees38.89105000, -77.07075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.463', W 77° 4.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 27.78" N, 77° 4' 14.7" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1495 N Meade St, Arlington VA 22209, US
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