Making A Memorial

Making A Memorial (HM2PB)

Location: Arlington, VA 22209 Arlington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 53.381', W 77° 4.299'

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The United States Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of our nation's high regard for the honored dead of the Marine Corps. Although the statue depicts one of the most famous events of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the United States of America since 1775.Shortly after the release of the Associated Press Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal's famous photo, sculptor Felix W. de Weldon, then on duty with the U. S. Navy, constructed a scale model followed by several life-sized statues inspired by the scene.It was then proposed that the symbolic scene be immortalized in bronze. The Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation organized the fundraising and creation of the monument. After years of effort, Felix de Weldon and his assistants completed the statue.The memorial, designed by Horace W. Peaslee, was officially dedicated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on November 10, 1954. The entire cost of the memorial was $850,000 - all donated by Marines, Naval Service members and friends.The 32-foot high bronze figures are shown erecting a 60-foot flagpole at the top of Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. Burnished in gold on the Swedish granite are the names and dates of principal Marine Corps engagements since the founding of the Corps.Caption of photo in upper right cornerFelix de Weldon sculpting Rene GagnonCaption of photo in lower left cornerFelix de Weldon sculpting the calf of Michael Strank
HM NumberHM2PB
Placed ByThe National Park Service
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 320325 N 4306574
Decimal Degrees38.88968333, -77.07165000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.381', W 77° 4.299'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 22.86" N, 77° 4' 17.94" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1302 N Meade St, Arlington VA 22209, US
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