In 1923 William Mitchell Kendall planned a tree-lined boulevard, called the “Avenue of Heroes,” that would link Memorial Bridge to Arlington National Cemetery. Seven memorials have been installed, and two sites remain.
The Marines chose Felix de Weldon's massive, realistic statue of the second flag-raising on Iwo Jima to memorialize their illustrious history. See historic photos of the memorial being constructed and dedicated.
The parade ground in front of the memorial and the ceremonies that take place on it help to honor the Marine Corps heritage. Sunset Parades, promotion and retirement ceremonies, and a commemoration of the Marine Corps's "birthday" all take place here.