Not many people know but the Marines were founded on November 10, 1775, nearly 9 months before the United States declared its independence. But Marines do. So I, for one, was pleased to hear that a National Museum of the Marine Corps would open its doors in 2006. The building is a monument itself as it is a contemporary interpretation of the famous raising of the flag at Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima, Japan.
It is great to be greeted by ‘Iron Mike,’ a replica and namesake of one of the many bronze statues of servicemen that was erected in the early 20th century. This one happens to be a replica of the Iron Mike at Quantico, VA depicting a WWI Marine fully outfitted.
- The Marines will never disappoint the expectations of their country – Never! – Captain Morgan, USN
- The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand. – Richard Harding Davis
We have a hard time going to someplace so close to Washington DC without stopping by there to pay tribute to some of our national monuments. Here is the Lincoln Memorial, a tribute to a great American leader.
he Korean War Memorial features 19 stainless steel sculptures representing a squad on patrol. Fourteen are Army, three are Marines, one is a Navy Corpsman and one is an Air Force forward observer. I wouldn’t want to bring up the well known mantra that three Marines can do the work of fourteen Soldiers but I don’t want to make any of my Army friends angry so I’ll just be quiet.