Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Something More Than A Statue
US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
Something More than a Statue"
—Felix de Weldon, 1945
10 November 1954
Felix de Weldon (1907-2003)
Black granite from Sweden
78 feet | 23.8 m
Paid for by
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."
10 Nov 1954
De Weldon worked on this project for nine years
Three Marines who survived Iwo Jima posed for the artist with their combat gear.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Location. 38° 53.463′ N, 77° 4.245′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Memorial is on US Marine Memorial Circle north of North Marshall Drive, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1495 North Meade Street, Arlington VA 22209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Legacy Older than the Republic (here, next to this marker); Here We Remember Them All (within shouting distance of this marker); And How Will You Remember Them? (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II (about 300 feet away); A Split Second Made Immortal (about 300 feet away); Missions Critical (about 400 feet away); Battle Honors Unending (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
Also see . . .
1. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaces an alder one at this location titled "Making A Memorial". (Submitted on February 4, 2019.)
2. History of the Marine Corps War Memorial. George Washington Memorial Parkway, National Park Service (Submitted on February 4, 2019.)
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