The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial's world-famous statue, which is based on the iconic photograph taken by Associated Press p..
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial's world-famous statue, which is based on the iconic photograph taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal, depicts the six soldiers who raised of the second American flag at Iwo Jima in the Japanese Volcano Islands on February 23, 1945, signifying the conclusion of the American campaign in the Pacific during World War II. The memorial is dedicated to “the Marine dead of all wars and their comrades of other services who fell fighting beside them.” The memorial, which is also referred to as the Iwo Jima Memorial, is located outside of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington Ridge Park in Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The memorial can be accessed by car via the VA-110 South route or US-50 East or West routes. Parking is available at the memorial. If you take Metro, get off at either the Rosslyn station (Orange, Silver or Blue lines) or Arlington National Cemetery station (Blue Line). It is a 10-15 minute walk from either of these stations. The grounds of the Marine Corps War Memorial are open from 6 a.m. until midnight, year-round. National Park Ranger-led programs can be requested in advance by calling 703-235-1530.