My girlfriend, her daughter and father, and myself are visiting her sister in northern Virginia. Today we took a leisurely stroll to the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA.

U.S.M.C War Memorial

The monument is a reproduction of a photograph taken by Joseph Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, when five U.S. Marines were raising the flag on Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima. The first thing you notice when you are standing next to the monument is its size. It’s huge. The men would stand 32 feet and the flag pole they are erecting is 60 feet tall. The detail in the statues is also amazing. Wrinkles in facial features and buttons on clothing are clearly visible. The pedestal on which the statue sits list every major battle the Marines took part in since 1775.

The monument is located next to Arlington National Cemetary. Since it was a cold and overcast day, it set an eerie tone for the visit. Yet, it was invigorating to see something up close when I only saw it in print or television previously. Also, from this monument, you can see the Washington Monument, Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and the Capitol Building across the Potomac River. Breathtaking.

We will be in DC until next week, so expect more pics from the Nation’s capital.


  1. Wow, it’s hard to determine the scale of the monument. Without your description I would have never thought it was that big. Perhaps if you would have had a human in the photo, we would have been able to better interpret its size. Good picture though.

    #1 by Nugget — December 30, 2004 @ 9:16 pm

  2. Here is a pic that should show you the scale of the monument. Not the best picture I took, but it will do.

    #2 by Jimmy — December 31, 2004 @ 6:36 am

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