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The History of the Marine Corps War Memorial, Washington DC

HONORING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF IWO JIMA By Kraig M. Butrum, CEO National Museum of Americans In Wartime As one who has lived in Washington DC for 24 years, it is an honor to drive by the Marine Corps War memorial that ‘honors the memory of the men and women of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10, 1775.” The United States Marine Corps War Memorial represents this nation’s gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. While the statue depicts one of the most famous incidents of World War II, the memorial is dedicated to … Continue reading

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A moment of remembrance on Memorial Day

By Nick Ralston Program Manager, Google Veterans Network Lead, and former Marine Major I always wanted to be a Marine, but it wasn’t until the first day of rugby practice at the Naval Academy my sophomore year that I knew I was going to be a Marine. One of my coaches, an active duty, larger than life Marine officer took one look at me and declared, “Yep, you’re going to be a Marine.” That was Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Shea, who was killed the following year in combat near Fallujah, Iraq. He was the first person I knew to be killed in action and the first person I think of on … Continue reading

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