Hidden gems – Iwo Jima Memorial

Photo credit: Anne Dayton
Today being Veteran’s Day I thought it appropriate to pick a monument to U.S. service men and women.  One of my favorites is the Iwo Jima Marine Corps. Memorial just outside the walls of Arlington Cemetery.  The sight of those 6 men raising the U.S. flag never ceases to stir my soul.  What you don’t realize from photos is that it sits at the edge of the Arlington neighborhood and is surrounded by modern condos.  I like the idea of it being tucked away in some one’s backyard.  What a fitting tribute to the sacrifice soldiers make every day on our behalves.  If you go to see it, sunset is a perfect time for pictures.  If you’re lucky you can even capture the White House and Washington Monument in the background. 

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