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Navy and Marine Memorial

Dedicated to Americans Lost at Sea

 
 
Dedicated to Americans Lost at Sea - 1990 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 13, 2006
1. Dedicated to Americans Lost at Sea - 1990
Inscription. In war and in peace, in commerce and in travel, in rescue and discovery, in fisheries and in research, this nation has forged a bond with and a dependence on the sea. This monument of waves and gulls memorializes our national life at sea. It is dedicated to the thousands of Americans who have perished in the sea and to those whose destiny still is linked with our naval and maritime services. The reliefs on the sides of the pedestal of the memorial illustrate, by direct or symbolic representation, all these activities.
 
Erected 1990 by United States Coast Guard on the Occasion of its Bicentennial.
 
Location. 38° 52.567′ N, 77° 2.85′ W. Marker is in Arlington, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker can be reached from George Washington Parkway 0.1 miles west of South West Freeway (U.S. 1), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arlington VA 22202, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Bloom ( approx. 0.3 miles away in District of Columbia); Tomorrow is ours to win or lose ( approx. 0.3 miles away in District of Columbia); The Boundary Channel ( approx. 0.4 miles away);
Navy and Marine Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 27, 2015
2. Navy and Marine Memorial Marker
Air Mail ( approx. 0.4 miles away in District of Columbia); Fort Runyon ( approx. half a mile away); Defender of Liberty ( approx. half a mile away in District of Columbia); Cuban Friendship Urn ( approx. half a mile away in District of Columbia); Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial ( approx. half a mile away in District of Columbia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arlington.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Lady Bird Johnson Park on Columbia Island. It is on the Virginia bank of the Potomac River, opposite the Tidal Basin of southwest Washington, DC and immediately northwest of the intersection of the George Washington Parkway and I-395/US1.
 
Regarding Navy and Marine Memorial. This marker plaque re-dedicates the memorial designed by architect Harvey Corbett with the "Waves and Gulls" sculpture created by Ernesto Begni del Piatta, originally commissioned by the Navy-Marine Memorial Association in 1924 and erected on public grounds in the city of Washington, D.C. on October 18, 1934.

Initially intended to commemorate Americans
Navy and Marine Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 27, 2015
3. Navy and Marine Memorial Marker
Looking east towards Washington, D.C. The Washington Monument is visible to the right.
who served at sea during the First World War, emphasis was placed on those of the U.S. Navy (into which the U.S. Coast Guard was incorporated during wartime) and the U.S. Merchant Marine who lost their lives. That focus was expanded by the Coast Guard in 1990 to recognize American seafarers in general.

While "Seafarer's Memorial" would seem a more appropriate name (being inclusive even of members of the U.S. Marine Corps who died at sea), the "Navy-Marine" title has persisted and has itself often corrupted into "Navy-Marine Corps" in official references. In any case, the magnificent aluminum sculpture of seagulls and waves is arguably the most beautiful piece of outdoor art in the National Capital Region.
 
Also see . . .
1. Navy-Marine Memorial. (Submitted on February 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Navy - Marine Memorial at Lady Bird Johnson Park. Beautiful photographs of the Memorial. (Submitted on February 4, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Coast Guard Memorials. "The Report of the 68th Congress stated that "this memorial is intended as a monument to our national life on the sea and to be affectionately dedicated to the thousands of Americans who have gone down in the sea whose destiny is so closely linked with our naval and maritime services...." It also honors those
The Original Dedication, 1934 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 13, 2006
4. The Original Dedication, 1934
"To the strong souls and ready valor of those men of the United States who in the Navy, Merchant Marine and other paths of activity upon the waters of the world have given life or still offer it in the performance of heroic deeds, this monument is dedicated by a grateful people."
who are still offering their lives in the performance of heroic deeds upon the waters of the world." (Submitted on January 17, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Merchant Marine, Coast Guard, George Washington Parkway.
 
Categories. DisastersHeroesWaterways & Vessels
 
Navy and Marine Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 27, 2015
5. Navy and Marine Memorial Marker
Looking west towards the area of the Pentagon.
Navy and Marine Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 27, 2015
6. Navy and Marine Memorial Marker
Looking south, George Mason Memorial Bridge in the distance. The marker is visible to the far left.
"Waves and Gulls" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 13, 2006
7. "Waves and Gulls"
Sculptor Ernesto Begni del Piatta's masterpiece, the Navy-Marine Memorial.
Navy and Marine Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 27, 2015
8. Navy and Marine Memorial Marker
Symbolic relief on the memorial mentioned in the marker text.
Navy and Marine Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 27, 2015
9. Navy and Marine Memorial Marker
Symbolic relief on the memorial mentioned in the marker text.
Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, circa 1984
10. Sculpture
Sculpted in aluminum by Ernesto Begni del Piatta, the sculpture stands 35 feet tall and is 30 feet long.
Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, circa 1984
11. Sculpture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,805 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on September 27, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   4. submitted on February 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on September 27, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   7. submitted on February 3, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   8, 9. submitted on September 27, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   10, 11. submitted on February 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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