OOH-RAH: You'll Be Saying That After Seeing This

Pictures do not do it justice. You need to see this one up close.

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, a bronze monument modeled after the famous photo of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima, is dedicated to all Marines who have died to keep their country free.

While visiting the Washington D.C. area, and especially Arlington National Cemetery, this monument in Arlington’s Rosslyn neighborhood is an inspirational must-see. The magnificent memorial, with its 32-foot high figures, honors those whose “uncommon valor was a common virtue,” and offers panoramic views of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol building from its grounds.

You can’t help but stare and take in the symbolism of it, even more profound than the action.

In summer, enjoy the Sunset Parade with marching and musical units visiting from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. The free one-hour performance features music of "The Commandant's Own," The U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and precision drill by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the spacious lawn for informal viewing.

You can see the memorial lit up at night as well, and it’s just as impressive then as during the day.

The memorial grounds are open year-round from 6 a.m. until midnight, and it’s a 10-15 minute walk from either the Rosslyn or Arlington National Cemetery Metro stations. The Netherlands Carillon is a short walk to the south of the memorial. To request a ranger program at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial call (703) 235-1530.

Semper Fidelis!

Author: Kathleen Murphy