During our trip to Washington DC last week we visited the Marine Corps Memorial located adjacent to the Arlington National Cemetery. Located about a mile's walk from our hotel, the memorial, also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial, was dedicated in 1954. The bronze sculpture, which is modeled after what was perhaps the most iconic photograph from the Pacific Theater of WWII, sits in the middle of nicely maintained parklike grounds. The sculpture is huge and carries a lot of emotional content.
Here is the first shot I took, in this case facing the sun.
The photo was a bit dark against the bright sky, so I turned it into a black & white.
I also took a shot from the front to incorporate the flag that flies above the sculpture.
The determination evident in the faces of the soldiers was impressive.
The rest of the shots were taken from the sunlit side of the sculpture.
The most interesting component of the sculpture was the hands grasping the flagpole.