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Iwo Jima Memorial for Memorial Day

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 May 2020 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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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Ginnie Hart from Netherlands

One of America's most significant "icons," Steven! Do stay safe and healthy however or wherever you celebrate this day.

25 May 2020 5:02am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Souvenir d'un temps qu'on ne doit pas oublier ..

25 May 2020 5:19am

lisl from Bath, United Kingdom

The movement and drama in this sculpture is palpable, Steven

25 May 2020 5:31am

Anne from France

Perfect sky!

25 May 2020 6:40am

Daniel from Perpignan, France

Super !

25 May 2020 6:43am

jean pierre from Paris, France

superbe ciel!! amts

25 May 2020 7:39am

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Très bel hommage à tous ces hommes morts pour leur pays ! Ne jamais les oublier !
L'année dernière je suis allée sur les plages du débarquement en Normandie (France)... voir ici. Beaucoup d'émotion lors de cette visite.
Bon lundi Steven

25 May 2020 8:14am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A magnificent image to remember those who never returned. 5*

25 May 2020 8:31am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wow didn't the sun and clouds cooperate beautifully for you. Wonderful image and sculpture from a classic photograph

25 May 2020 8:53am

willy from Belgium

Memorial Day...

un bel hommage à tous ces morts Steven

une photo de toute beauté avec cette belle lumière


25 May 2020 8:56am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Powerful sculpture. Superbe light rays here.

25 May 2020 9:24am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Beautiful with the sun's rays just in the right place.
Good Memorial Day

25 May 2020 11:43am

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A fantastically beautiful photo of the statue.
Our king laid a wreath on Margraten yesterday and commemorated the fallen.
Warm greetings from the Netherlands.

25 May 2020 12:41pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

The light is amazing in this shot. Perfect image for Memorial Day today. 5*

25 May 2020 2:43pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Lovely sculpture and the sky above! Love the clouds and the rays streaming through!! Fabulous short...
and thank you for the mote :))))

25 May 2020 2:50pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Une statue saisissante de réalisme ! La chance pour toi d'avoir eu un ciel "à couper le souffle" !*****

25 May 2020 3:38pm

omar from Hamburg, Germany

The centerpiece of the memorial is a colossal sculpture group depicting the six Marines who raised the second and largest of two U.S. flags that were both raised atop Mount Suribachi located at the south end of Iwo Jima, on February 23, 1945. The first flag flown over the mountain was regarded to be too small to be seen by all the American troops on the other side of it where most of the fighting would take place, so it was replaced by a larger flag.

Dramatic view, and story behind that.

25 May 2020 3:44pm

@omar: Thank you for this great addition of information!

Gérard from Allauch, France

Superb with this sky, great tribute !

25 May 2020 3:50pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

génial cette force rayonnante du ciel

25 May 2020 4:32pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Thank you for this tribute image today

25 May 2020 5:19pm

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight.

25 May 2020 5:19pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Thank you for posting this beautiful photo of such an iconic and powerful memorial.

25 May 2020 5:25pm

jean pierre from Paris, France

bravo pour le spot!!

25 May 2020 5:28pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT! well deserved

25 May 2020 5:29pm

Jean-Luc.M from Nancy et ailleurs, France

The original photo of Iwo Jima is an historical photo both by its location and constraint and by its international recognition and diffusion.
Yours at this memorial is much more peaceful and it would be nice to have only quiet photos like yours and no more war photos!
Nice tribute.

25 May 2020 5:41pm

@Jean-Luc.M: Thank you! I share your sentiments for no more war photos.

Rose from United States

A great image for this day.

25 May 2020 6:20pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Congratulations on the spotlight.

25 May 2020 6:35pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Un bel hommage rendu. Le ciel va bien avec le monument.
Une prise magnifique.

25 May 2020 7:39pm

Maryse from bordeaux, France

Un hommage qui mérite largement ce spotlight ! Félicitations
Bonne soirée

25 May 2020 8:53pm

@Maryse: Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles! Et merci pour vos bons mots de votre photo de cimetière américain. Je veux vraiment visiter la France le plus tôt possible.

Don from Spokane, United States

Interesting history of this model and its final success.

25 May 2020 9:35pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a powerful image. Very well shot.

25 May 2020 11:53pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

yes, the statue is powerful, and the sun rays you captured add to the power of the image.

26 May 2020 12:13am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Congratulations on the Spotlight Steven! This is a gorgeous image. I love the rays of light. A wonderful tribute. This is probably my most favorite memorial in Washington, DC. I always find it inspiring every time I pass by it.

26 May 2020 2:12am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

One of the most famous "scenes" in world history.

26 May 2020 5:27am

fereshteh. from Iran

So beautiful.

26 May 2020 6:09am

Gérard from Allauch, France

And congrats for this Spotlight !!

26 May 2020 7:40am

Remus from Portugal

Time passes quickly. And the older we get, the faster it seems to pass...

Gorgeous photo. The effect caused by the rays of light is sublime.
Wonderful capture.

26 May 2020 9:59am

Sam from Chennai, India

Wow. Amazing. Glorious presentation of this memorial. Excellent.
Congratulations on your spotlight. :)

26 May 2020 2:55pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition . Congratulations on your Spotlight !

26 May 2020 5:26pm

sherri from Litte Rock, Arkansas, United States

very fitting and wow, on that sky!

26 May 2020 8:15pm

yo from Ile de France, France

Congrats on the Spotlight Steven !

26 May 2020 8:28pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Excellent dramatic presentation of the monument. Congratulations on your Spotlight!

27 May 2020 2:29am

jeanmadis from CHONBURI, Thailand

Le ciel est particulièrement présent et dans l'ambiance de cette attitude collective particulièrement héroïque et esthétique de surcroit.
Une très belle image !

27 May 2020 7:09am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


27 May 2020 9:06am

hoda soltani from sabzevar, Iran

Fantastic clouds

30 May 2020 9:58pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

That is really a special moment with the rays of light shining down.

1 Jun 2020 9:54am

Diane from Parksville, Canada

oh wow, perfect sky to have been there at that moment! Great photo.

23 Aug 2020 6:31pm