The following was taken from Panel 4 of 4 at the Site of the Memorial:
"Shortly after the release of Associated Press Photographer Joe Rosenthal's famous photo, Sculptor Felix W. de Weldon, then on duty with the U.S. Navy, constructed a scale model followed by several life-sized statues inspired by the scene.
It was then proposed that the symbolic scene be immortalized in bronze. The Marine Corps Memorial Foundation organized the fundraising and creation of the monument. After years of effort, Felix de Weldon and his assistants completed the statue...."
Regardless of what angle this memorial was photographed, I found it to be just as powerful as the last, revealing faces, emotions, and struggle. Posted for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
From the archives.........Photographed on May 6, 2010. Hard to believe this was over ten years ago. I'd like to go back again.
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