Friday, October 17, 2008

Iwo Jima Memorial

Just down the road from the gates of Arlington you will find the USMC Memorial. It is a brilliant work of art and holds a special place in my heart as two of my uncles are Marines. I come from a family where military service is practically expected as the price of being a free American. We did it proudly and with a joyful heart. Many times people have said "thank you for your service" upon finding out that I am a veteran. I am slightly embarrassed and don't feel right saying "you're welcome". I just say " I didn't do it for the thanks, but thank you for recognizing it. I did it because I love this land where I am living my life." My uncle Ray Nicol served in Nam and was wounded there. If you want to thank someone, thank someone like him. He would probably just say " It was nothing".
This is the west side of the statue, facing away from the street. The indian, Ira Hayes, is the man whose fingers are not touching the flagpole.

This is the east side, visible from the street...

detail of the south side...


a close up of the man in front...


Uncle Ray, it's like they had you in mind when they wrote this. Semper Fi!

3 comments:

christian soldier said...

Thank you for visiting my site-I appreciate your encouraging words as to my art-I waited a long time to DO it w/concentration...and am -now- pursuing my art w/continued college classes---my first degree (Special Ed.) did not allow time to take very many art classes!
Great photos of the Iwo Jima sculpture!
When last in Washington D.C. - I noticed that the city is a 'treasure trove' of sculpture--and would lend herself to a 'sculpture Tour'!
I really like your site!

BTW-Go Army-Beat Navy--

:-)

christian soldier said...

just added your site to mine--
and check your other site-
I like your art too...

Myself said...

Awesome Sculpture, Indeed it is!