US Marine Corps War Memorial



The US Marine Corps War Memorial, also called the Iwo Jima Memorial, is a sculpture located just outside the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It serves as a tribute to the Marines who have served and sacrificed their lives for their country. On November 10, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated this memorial on the 179th anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps. Although it was constructed after World War II, the monument honors all U.S. Marines who have served before and after its construction. The statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II—the raising of the second American flag at Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, which marked the end of the American campaign in the Pacific during that war.

The US Marine Corps War Memorial attracts photographers not only to take pictures but also to capture the echoes of sacrifice. The scene is poignant, a reminder that freedom comes at a cost. Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal’s iconic photograph, depicting the six Marines raising the second American flag at Iwo Jima, immortalizes this moment. These Marines embody duty, loyalty, and remembrance. Their unwavering stance becomes a universal symbol, transcending time and reminding us of the valor etched into history.

Beyond the aesthetics, this image becomes a connection. When life feels chaotic and gratitude fades, gaze at the memorial and feel grounded. It reminds you that honor isn’t a fleeting gesture; it’s a lifetime commitment. As you trace the shadows with your eyes, you suddenly become part of the story. You’re a witness to valor and a keeper of memory.

Location: National Mall Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery, US Marine Corps War Memorial

Media: Fine Art Landscape Prints