Francine In Retirement
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MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL

UNCOMMON VALOR WAS A COMMON VIRTUE

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The second series on my tour of the National War Memorials and Monuments in Washington D.C. on April 6, 2013 with Lenzner Tours and Travel.

Rising from hallowed ground, the Marine Corps War Memorial overlooks the Potomac River at the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It is the largest bronze monument in the world. Arguably, it is also the most famous monument in the world. And for all who have earned the title, a pilgrimage to the monument is required.  The six flag-raisers represented a cross-section of America:

– PFC Ira Hayes, a full-blooded Pima Indian from Arizona.

– Sgt. Michael Strank, a Pennsylvania coal mine worker.

– Cpl. Harlon Block, a draftee from the Texas oil fields.

– PFC Franklin Sousley, a 19-year-old Kentucky farm boy.

– PFC Rene Gagnon, a New Englander.

– PM2 (Corpsman) John Bradley, a funeral director’s apprentice

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The Marines and Sailors who fought on Iwo Jima wore sage green herringbone twill, better know as HBT’s, uniforms. The standard footgear was rough out leather shoes known as “boondockers” and the ensemble was topped off with the M1 steel helmet. These uniform items are accurately recreated in the memorial sculpture.

The three surviving flag raisers—Gagnon, Hayes, and Bradley—posed for the sculptor, who modeled their faces in clay. All available pictures and physical characteristics of the three who had given their lives—Strank, Block, and Sousley—were collected and then used in the modeling of their faces.

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BE ENCOURAGED!  BE BLESSED!

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11 Responses to “MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL”

  1. I always find war memorials to be so moving, Francine. All those brave lives lost, and families devastated.

  2. Absolutely stunning!

  3. I visited the memorial many years ago. Although I am Canadian, it was very moving.

    • I am glad you had a chance to see it. This visit was my first time seeing it and I have lived in Pennsylvania all my life. Thank you for stopping by my blog.

      BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  4. We must never forget and right now we really must remember.

  5. Sometimes nowadays I think people forget even with recent Wars .. Tragedies and Happenings .. World Events Francine what has been before .
    We should look to the past and support those who protect our future . Those in the Forces deserve our support, they serve us all .

  6. This is a very moving series, Francine. We owe so much to these men and women — and those they left behind. Thank you for doing this.

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