National Museum of the Marine Corps and DC

National Museum of the Marine CorpsNot 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.

Iron Mike

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.

National Museum of the Marine CorpsThe museum features a variety of displays depicting the various environments Marines have fought in over it’s long and great history of service to the United States.

National Museum of the Marine CorpsMost Marines are very familiar with the sight of the AV-8B Harrier Jump Jet.  What I like most are the two quotes below the jet:

  1. The Marines will never disappoint the expectations of their country – Never! – Captain Morgan, USN
  2. The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand. – Richard Harding Davis

National Museum of the Marine Corps Marines are very proud of their heritage.

National Museum of the Marine CorpsPeople often think of the Willys Jeep and associate it with the Army but the Marines had them as well.  They revolutionized the entire United States military.

National Museum of the Marine Corps Tanks are something an average Marine comes in contact with.  They also make great a great barricade against the enemy.

Lincoln Memorial - Washington DC

 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.

Three Servicemen - Washington DCAs part of the Vietnam Memorial, here are the famous Three Servicemen.  The person depicted in the front is a Marine and the other two are Soldiers.

Vietnam Memorial - Washington DCSomeone has left flowers in memory of someone who didn’t make it back from Vietnam at the Vietnam Memorial.

Vietnam Memorial - Washington DCAlthough these are people whom I have never met, I like to read some names in their honor each time I visit.  Some of us will never forget.

Vietnam Memorial - Washington DC So many of the memorials in Washington DC are carefully thought out and the Vietnam Memorial is no exception.

Korean War Memorial - Washington DChe 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.

National WWII Memorial - Washington DCThe National WWII Memorial.

National WWII Memorial - Washington DCIt pays tribute to the millions of Americans who fought in World War II.  May I request a moment of silence?

Semper Fi

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