The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial original statue during its unveiling ceremony at the Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia on November 10, 1951 (This is after the statue had been moved from its original Constitution Avenue location in Washington DC in 1947, and subsequently renovated under sculptor de Weldon's supervision while it was in Quantico.). A sign on the memorial reads "Uncommon valor was a common virtue, 1945." Next scenes show sculptor Felix de Weldon as he works to build the larger Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, which was dedicated in November 1954. Felix de Weldon measuring a model of the flag raising on Iwo Jima made by him. de Weldon and others on his team work to carve the large war memorial in plaster before it is cast in bronze. Views of the sculpted faces of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima: Faces of John Bradley, Rene Gagnon, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block and Michael Strank. Brief glimpse of the original flag raising scene on Mount Suribachi in February 1945. Next scene, circa 1954 or 1955, shows the completed Marine Corps War Memorial in bronze, in Arlington Virginia, with Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial landmarks of Washington DC in the background. Close-up views of faces of a young boy, an elderly woman, and a middle aged man who removes his hat. American flag fluttering in the breeze atop the war memorial.
Dedication ceremony of the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (The Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia, United States. Sculptor Felix de Weldon and photographer Joe Rosenthal shake hands with the statue of flag raising in the background. Chaplain says a prayer at a ceremony. Spectators seated with their hats off. President's car comes own the drive way followed by others. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower walks with Navy personnel. Vice President Richard Nixon talks to a Marine who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Nixon poses with the three survivors of the original flag raising at Iwo Jima. Statue of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. A sign at the base of the statue reads 'Felix de Weldon 1945-1954'.
Aerial views of Arlington, Virginia and Washington DC featruing a 360 degree fly-by of the Pentagon Building. Potomac River in the background. Plane circles the Pentagon more than once with different views seen.
The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) dedicated by President Dwight Eisenhower in Arlington, Virginia, near Rosslyn. The Arlington Towers development, later named River Place, is seen in the background. Military personnel and civilians attend the ceremony. Service men salute. The press and media. Civilian photographers take photographs, record the event and take notes. An NBC Television cameraman recording the event. United States Marines in uniform. The Marine Honor Guard marches, followed by Marine Unit. Officers salute. People observe the Memorial. Officers and dignitaries seated before the Memorial. The dignitaries include President Dwight Eisenhower, Vice President Richard Nixon, U.S. Marine Corps Commander General Lemuel Shepherd, Jr., and the three surviving flag raisers: Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon and John Bradley. President Eisenhower greets a military officer. The Marines with the USMC flag.
The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) dedicated by President Dwight Eisenhower in Arlington, Virginia. Flag Honor Guard, all services, at attention. Inscription on the side of the Memorial base. The United States flag given to the Marines. Marines raising the American flag on the sculpture pole. American flag flying from the sculpture. Bugler sounding call. Marine enlisted men with hats off, heads bowed. A large number of guests. Marine Lieutenant holding a baby. Marines march.
The Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima Memorial) dedicated by President Dwight Eisenhower in Arlington, Virginia. Sculptor of the Memorial Felix de Weldon talking to a guest. A large crowd in the background. U.S. Marines march with the American and USMC flag. Weldon and photographer who shot the original Iwo Jima flag raising, Joe Rosenthal shaking hands before the Memorial. The Iwo Jima Memorial.