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U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial

Overlooking the Potomac River at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, this statue of Marines raising the American flag on Japanese soil after the Battle of Iwo Jima is dedicated to the military service of U.S. Marines since 1775. Sculpted by American artist Felix de Weldon, the 32-foot soldiers and 60-foot flagpole comprise the largest bronze memorial in the world, while the Stars and Stripes here are made of real cloth. In accordance with a 1961 proclamation made by President John F. Kennedy, the statue’s flag flies 24 hours a day.

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.

Practical Info

Public off-site parking is available just outside Arlington National Cemetery, and free shuttle service is provided. Or, the Memorial is about a 10-minute walk from the Metrorail’s stations for Rosslyn (serving the Orange and Blue Lines) and Arlington National Cemetery (serving the Blue Line). On parade evenings, only limited street parking is available, and taking the subway is highly recommended.

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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC, Washington DC, null
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Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC

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Day or night, customize your itinerary from a list of the most popular sites around the greater DC area while being chauffeured like a celebrity in a stretch ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up, Washington DC, Custom Private Tours
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Moonlit Motor Coach Tour of the National Mall with Pick-Up

Explore the popular monuments in Washington, DC with this guided, 3-hour tour of the National Mall at night. Hop aboard a deluxe motor coach and enjoy an ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour, Washington DC, Night Tours
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Memorials in Washington DC Bus Tour

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Explore Washington DC on this half-day sightseeing tour led by a knowledgeable driver-guide. Departing from Union Station, the narrated 4-hour loop stops at ...  Read more

Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
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Washington DC Evening Tour, Washington DC, Half-day Tours
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Washington DC Evening Tour

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Enjoy a small group evening tour of Downtown Washington, DC. Small group sizes make this tour personal, family friendly, and fun for all!

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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DC After Dark, Washington DC, Bus & Minivan Tours
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DC After Dark

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Explore the famous monuments and memorials of Washington, DC at night on this guided, 2-hour, small-group sightseeing tour. Hop on board a motor coach or ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise, Washington DC, City Tours
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Guided DC City Bus Tour Plus Potomac River Cruise

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Explore the best of Washington, DC with a guided, 6-hour bus and walking tour of the city's top sites. This exciting tour includes a (seasonal) river cruise ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour, Washington DC, City Tours
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Morning DC Small-Group Bus Tour

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran, Washington DC, City Tours
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran

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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia, Washington DC, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Day Tour of Arlington Virginia

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Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van, Washington DC, Day Trips
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Private Tour of Washington DC War Memorials and Heros by Van

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Visit Arlington National Cemetery and explore some of the most famous memorials around Washington, DC on this private, 4-hour sightseeing tour. At Arlington ...  Read more

Location: Washington, District of Columbia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.00

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