The iconic U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial depicting Marines raising the American flag at Iwo Jima during World War II is going to undergo restoration in the near future. The famous bronze Marine war memorial has had routine maintenance over the year. It has never, however, had a complete restoration. Now that the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial is beginning to turn green, the time has come for it to be restored to its original grandeur.
The national monument was inspired by Joe Roesnthal's iconic and Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph depicting a world-changing moment in time. The memorial depicts a victorious moment from World War II when Marines captured the island of Iwo Jima bringing the war to an end.
A generous $5.37 million gift from Philanthropist David Rubenstein will provide the funding restore the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial to its original splendor. The funding goes to the National Park Foundation which will use the gift to wash, wax and restore the memorial and its plaza and landscaping. There are also funds earmarked to upgrade access for handicapped visitors, to improve signage and to brighten the memorial's engravings.
Rubenstein's father was a Marine who served in the Pacific during World War II. And the philanthropist said his donation of $5.37 million was his way of honoring his father, the Marine Corps and the United States.
"Iwo Jima was one of the most brutal battles in our country's history," David Rubenstein said. "Whenever something is restored or made better, it tends to attract more visitors. When you attract more visitors, more people learn about history and about the things that led to the memorial."
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