Marine Corps War Memorial & Netherlands Carillon (George Washington Memorial Parkway, VA)

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US Marine Corps War Memorial, George Washington Memorial Parkway, December 2016

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, dedicated in 1954, recreates the iconic scene of a 1945 photograph of six U.S. Marines raising an American flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima. Today the beautiful memorial (also known as the Iwo Jima Memorial) sits just across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, a short walk from Arlington National Cemetery.

Just south of the memorial lies the Netherlands Carillon, a symbol of Dutch-American unity following the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation during World War II. A gift of the Dutch people dedicated in 1960, the tower contains 50 bells, and the monument is fronted by two bronze lions, a tribute to Dutch servicemen. And of course, in springtime, the grounds are alive with thousands of Dutch tulips, maintained each year by the National Park Service.

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Iwo Jima Memorial

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Iwo Jima Memorial from afar

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Netherlands Carillon

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