The scene depicted by this memorial is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph called Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, taken by D.C. native Joe Rosenthal in 1945. Five of the six soldiers in the scene were Marines (one was part of the Navy Corps), and three died in this famous last battle of World War II.
At the memorial site, the Marine Drum and Bugle Corps presents the Marine Sunset Review Parade on Tuesdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., generally the first Tuesday in June through mid-August. Wearing red-and-white dress uniforms, the corps perform a variety of military standards and vintage tunes from wartime eras.
Review by Mary T, April 2013
I have only one regret: that I did not get the tour guides full name so I could report on his excellence. Al was perfect in every way. Very well informed, considerate and gentle with all as well as having a terrific sense of humor. I particularly noted his lack of cynicism about all that goes on in D.C. and his impartiality, allowing everyone to be comfortable with their own beliefs. I had looked upon this trip as a challenge since 20 months ago I had a lung transplant; now 75 I wondered if I could keep up. The sightseeing route was so well arranged that I never felt rushed or overtired. You do a great job .. and my thanks again to Al and his driver.
Review by lori o, April 2013
Al the tour guide was awesome!!!! He really knew his material. This is a great way to learn about DC and enough information about all the sites so you have a better idea of what you should take the time to really look at. Bus was comfortable boat ride was a great way to see parts of the city you would other wise miss. A must do.