A MEMORIAL DEDICATED TO ALL MARINES AND FMF CORPSMEN FROM EVERY ERA
The Marine Corps memorial honors the overall service of the U.S.M.C. as well as specific units, special corps (such as FMF Corpsmen and Women Marines) and various wars. There is a time capsule to be opened in 2076. There is ample parking. The memorial is available from dawn to dusk.
About the Marine Corps Memorial
The United States Marine Corps Memorial, located at the intersection of U.S. Highways 6 and 40 in Golden, Colorado, was the realization of a dream long held by SSgt Cyrus “Bo” Bowers, a veteran of World War II and Korea. Wartime military experience left him with the conviction that being a “special breed”; the Marines who have served in the Corp deserved a fitting recognition of their sacrifice and service.
Ground was broken on September 13, 1975. A 100 year time capsule was deposited in the base of the Memorial on December 23, 1976. The capsule contents commemorate the United States Bicentennial, the State of Colorado Centennial and the 201st birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Memorial was completed and officially dedicated to all Marines, living and dead, on August 24, 1977, by then Commandant of the Corps Gen. Louis H. Wilson Jr.
- In 1978 a plaque honoring Navy Corpsmen was placed at the site.
- In the 1980s insignia of the six Marine Divisions and the four Marine Air Wings were mounted.
- A plaque honoring Women Marines was placed at the site in 1991.
- Flags from all 50 states were donated and are flown in a ‘V’ formation on certain holidays.
- In 1994 the brass collar emblems were added.
- In 1995 a plaque honoring the Naval Amphibious Forces was placed at the site as was a kiosk.
- In 1995 over 28 ceremonies were held at the Memorial with over 6,500 people in attendance. Many tourists and local residents visit the site throughout the year.
- In 2002, the 25th anniversary, the site was officially annexed into the city of Golden.
- On May 23, 2005 the Memorial was designated as a Landmark by the City of Golden.
- In 2008 the Walk of Honor with commemorative stones for each of the six Marine Divisions was completed.
THE HISTORY WE HONOR
Please Note: Parking is no longer allowed along the 6th and Colfax sides of the Memorial. Please use the parking area off the access road between 6th and Colfax on the west side of the Memorial. For Ceremonies additional parking will be available on the Memorial grounds.