The United States Marine Corps War Memorial stands as a symbol of this grateful nation's esteem for the honored dead of the U.S. Marine Corps. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States since 1775.
It is the largest cast-bronze statue in the world.
Tuesday evening during the summer, the Marines host Sunset Parades on the Parade Deck of the Memorial. During the one hour performance, the U.S. Marine Drum and Bugle Corps presents music from "the Commandant's Own" and the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon showcases precision drills. The Sunset Parade is open to the public at no charge.
Visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, strollers, and picnics. Driving access and parking for the Memorial will be closed off starting several hours before each parade. Parking is available at Arlington National Cemetery for a small fee. A shuttle will run from the Arlington National Cemetery Visitor Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and return 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Last Updated: 4/23/2012 4:59 PM