The US Marine Corps War Memorial is competing for a share $1 million from the Partners in Preservation program. You are invited to cast a vote for the memorial every day until Friday, May 10, 2013. You can also earn points for the memorial by sharing with friends on Facebook and Twitter. The local historic site that receives the highest number of points is guaranteed to receive grant funding.
Partners in Preservation
Restoring the Memorial's Historic Luster
As one of 24 historic places selected, the US Marine Corps War Memorial will compete for funds to carefully clean, wax, and re-gild the large outdoor sculpture at its center. Each of the six giant bronze figures accumulates dirt, pollution, bird droppings, pollen, and natural weathering residues that must be removed with specialized pressure washing equipment. Because the statue is depicted with photographic realism, workers will need scaffolding and lifts to reach every angle and crevice of clothing and muscle, from the base of the memorial to its top 60 feet above the ground.
Special Events during the Contest
On Friday, May 3 there will be a free outdoor screening of Sands of Iwo Jima, the 1949 film about the Battle of Iwo Jima, at 8 pm. Bring a lawn chair to the reviewing stand at the Marine Corps War Memorial to watch John Stryker (John Wayne) turn new recruits into Marines ready to fight for the island of Iwo Jima. An iconic photograph taken during the battle inspired the statue at the center of the memorial. Sands of Iwo Jima is not rated.
On Sunday, May 5 the public is invited to drop in at the memorial between 11 am and 3 pm to explore little-known secrets of the statue. Rangers will host activities and offer short talks on the contents of the memorial's cornerstone, graffiti inside the memorial's base, and the amazing process by which workers climbed inside the memorial's figures to piece them together in 1954.
About Partners in Preservation
Launched in 2006, Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country. American Express has committed more than $15 million to Partners in Preservation, helping historic sites in seven cities to date, including San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and New York, and has engaged more than a million people.
Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public's awareness of the importance of historic preservation and to preserve America's historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.