This realistic sculpture, dedicated to Marines who died in the service's many missions around the world, interprets the famous photo of World War II Marines struggling to raise Old Glory at Iwo Jima, the obscure Pacific Island where 6,800 Americans died.
The park also is the site of summer concerts by the Marine Band. Sunset Parades take place at the memorial every Tuesday at 7 p.m. from June through August. Kids can get a dose of world history by reading the inscribed names and dates of the Marines' many global missions.
On the same patch of ground is the Netherlands Carillon (703/285-2598), a Dutch gift to the United States for helping liberate that nation from the Nazis. The 50-bell instrument is played Saturdays from 2 to 4 p.m. (April, May and September) and 6 to 8 p.m. (June to August). Visitors can ascend the tower to watch the carillonneur -- and to absorb an even more impressive Washington cityscape.
-- John Kelly and Craig Stoltz (Updated March 9, 2012)
Notes:Parking is limited, and visitors are encouraged to use the Rosslyn Metro station. By car, the memorial is accessible from Exit 75 off of Interstate 66, just north of Arlington Cemetery.