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Text Box: Iwo Jima Monument at Day light



    The Marine Corps War Memorial is a monument that was built as a symbol of the Nations steam for the U.S. Marine Corps that died at war. This statue pictures one of the most famous events during WWII, the memorial is dedicated to all the Marines who gave their lives to defend the United States since 1775.


         The news photographer, Joe Rosenthal, went at the war to report the events that were taking place. He caught five soldiers raising a flag on the war afternoon in an inspiring Pulitzer Price Photo. After Rosenthalís photo was released, the sculptor Felix W. de Weldon was in duty with the U.S. Navy at that time and was so inspired by the photo Joe had taken that he chose to construct a scale model, and then a life size model of the photograph. Gagnon, Hayes, and Bradley were the three survivors of the raising of the flag an had posed for the sculptor who modeled their faces in clay for the monument. When the statue was finally completed in plaster, they disassembled it and took it to Brooklyn NY. for a casting in bronze. The casting process, which was made by experienced artisans, took nearly 3 years. After the parts had been cast, cleaned, and finished they were reassembled into twelve pieces. The largest piece weighted more than 20 tons by itself. Horace W. Peaslee was the designer of the memorial. Work started in September 1954 and was officially dedicated by President Eisenhower on November 10, 1954, the 179th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. The figures placed on a rock slope rise 6 feet from a 10 foot base and are showing raising a 60 feet bronze flagpole with a flag that waves 24 four hours a day, making the memorial 78 feet in total. The base of the memorial is made out of rough Swedish granite with names and dates of every principal Marine Corps burnished in gold on the granite. All the wars U.S. has participated on are carved on the base. The final cost of the statue, including the development of the memorial was of 850 thousand dollars, all donated by U.S. Marines, former Marines Marine Corps, friends of the Marine Corps, and members of the Naval Service. No public funds were used for the construction of the memorial.


Text Box: Dedication to the Marine Corps
Text Box: View from the Left side of the Memorial
    What calls my attention in this monument is that theses is brave men were able to honor their nation and wanting their mates to keep their faith and hopes of victory. It was interesting to know that there was an optical illusion in the viewing of the flagpole. As you go around it you can barley see that the flag is being raised. I learned that on the base of the monument there are written the names of every war the U.S. has participated on. Before going to the memorial I knew that a photographer had taken the only picture and that the designer inspired on that photo which had passed in the war with Japan.


         I was surprised to find out the optical illusion of the monument and I felt as if I was the person taking the photograph in that hard moment. I think that these men were very brave and proud to honor their country. In my opinion the sculptor was

 extremely big from what I had thought of.


Text Box: Statue of the U.S. Marine Corps





















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