Marine Corps Memorial, Example

By: Ms. Perla Zamora



Marine Corps Memorial

The Marine Corps memorial honors every marine that has been killed in service since 1775. It was built in Arlington to be as close as possible to the capital of the US. The Marine Corps are honored because of their bravery in battle. They are the elite force of the US Navy, making them supreme specialists in navigational combat, hand to hand combat and weapon combat. The Marines have been in all wars the US has been part of. Marines are used from combat operations to special tasks, such as guarding the President’s office or a special mission. They are one of the most important military groups of the US whole force.
The designer of this memorial was Felix de Weldon. He used the famous photo of the battle at Iwo Jima, by Joe Rosenthal, as a base design. The memorial is almost entirely made out of bronze, except for the base which is made from granite. In the base there are two inscriptions and the list of every major battle the marines have been part of. The men in the statue are 32 feet tall and the flagpole reaches the 60 feet of height. An extra large flag is used in this memorial.
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The memorial was dedicated to the marines by president Eisenhower in 1954. On 1961, President John F. Kennedy issued a proclamation for the flag of the US to be raised in the memorial 24 hours per day, making this memorial one of the rare places with this privilege. There is a weekly parade here by the Marine Corps barracks of Washington D.C.
For me, this is one of the most beautiful memorials in the US. Felix de Weldon made a beautiful exact 3D replica of the picture. I am not American, but when I was close to this monument I felt American, there was a presence of respect and duty in here. I don’t think that there could be any better memorial for the Marines because this represents who they are, honor duty and patriotism are all together in this memorial. I was also interested in the flag pole. As the bus moved around the memorial, the flag pole seemed to be lifting up.

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