Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd Monument

The Momument is one of a series of memorials that line Memorial Avenue, the entrance to Arlington National Cemetery.

History & Culture

During his long career as a Naval officer, Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr. expanded the fields of navigation, aviation, and Arctic exploration. Byrd claimed to lead the first expedition to the North Pole and South Pole by air. Over his lifetime, he received numerous awards, including the Medal of Honor.


An 8-foot tall bronze sculpture of Robert E. Byrd stands on top of an 4-foot white Carrara marble plinth. Byrd is dressed in fur appropriate for the Arctic and strikes a forward pose to suggest his explorative spirit. The sculptor, Felix de Weldon, also was responsible for the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial located less than a quarter mile away. The Monument also lists Byrd's numerous achievements and awards.

Wreath Laying Ceremonies and Memorial Services

To obtain a permit for a wreath laying ceremony or memorial service, please contact the National Park Service at 703-289-2513.


Last updated: April 10, 2015

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George Washington Memorial Parkway Headquarters
700 George Washington Memorial Parkway

McLean, VA 22101


703 289-2500

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