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Making A Memorial

 
 
Making A Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
1. Making A Memorial Marker
Inscription. 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
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
2. Marine Corps War Memorial
upper right corner:

Felix de Weldon sculpting Rene Gagnon

Caption of photo in lower left corner:
Felix de Weldon sculpting the calf of Michael Strank
 
Erected by The National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 53.381′ N, 77° 4.299′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is on Marshall Drive near Jefferson Davis Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flag Raisings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (about 300 feet away); The Battle For Iwo Jima (about 500 feet away); History Of The U. S. Marine Corps (about 600 feet away); Symbol of Friendship (approx. 0.2 miles away); Let Freedom Ring (approx. 0.2 miles away); Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Myer (approx. 0.2 miles away); "Lest We Forget - We Stand on Your Shoulders" (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Arlington.
 
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 19, 2008
3. Marine Corps War Memorial
Marine Corps War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 12, 2008
4. Marine Corps War Memorial
This picture was taken with Ektachrome E100GX film
Memorial Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, January 12, 2008
5. Memorial Bridge
The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument can be seen in the background. This picture was taken with Ektachrome E100GX film.
Making A Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 2, 2015
6. Making A Memorial Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 785 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   6. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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