Arlington in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Making A Memorial
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
Caption of photo in 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. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 53.381′ N, 77° 4.299′ W. Marker was in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker was on Marshall Drive near Richmond Highway. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Missions Critical (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); United States Marine Corps War Memorial (about 300 feet away); A Place Where Memories Are Made (about 300 feet away); A Split Second Made Immortal (about 500 feet away); The Marines' Fiercest Fighting of World War II (about 500 feet away); Something More Than A Statue (about 600 feet away); A Legacy Older than the Republic 70,000 Marines Helped Raise That Flag on Iwo Jima (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
More about this memorial. This marker was replaced by a new one named Something More Than A Statue (see nearby markers).
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