U.S. Marine Corps Memorial

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The Marine Corps Memorial honors the overall service of the United States Marines as well as specific units, special corps (such as medical corpsmen and women in the U.S.M.C.) and various wars. There is a time capsule to be opened in 2076 at the center of the Circle of Honor. There is ample parking available for daily visitors. The memorial is available from dawn to dusk.
Type of Memorial: United States Marine Corps Memorial

Wars mentioned (Multi-war only):
WWII, Korean, Vietnam, Southwest Asia, Iraq (Enduring Freedom)


On August 24, 1977
General Louis H. Wilson
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Dedicated this site as a
Marine Corps Memorial
in memory of all marines
who have served their

On December 22, 1976, a time
capsule was emplaced below this
spot to opened during the
tri-centennial year 2076.

There are many markers. The “Walk of Valor” is comprised of a stone for each of the six Marine Divisions set in sequence from the 1st Division through the 6th Division. Each Division determined the wording for their stone. As multiple Divisions participated in many wars and battles at the same time, it would be impossible to try to create a chronological timeline from the inscriptions. Each Division's representatives selected the wording and highlights they felt were representative of their Division's accomplishments.


1st Marine Division Association
Semper Fidelis
Dedicated to those men of the First Marine Division,
FMF who gave their lives in service of their Country World War II Korea Vietnam Southwest Asia



4th Marine Regiment
22nd Marine Regiment
29th Marine Regiment
15th Artillery Regiment
The Shurline-Sugarloaf-Oroku Peninsula

Fourth Marine Division Assoc WWII
Uncommon valor was a common virtue
Semper Fidelis
Rocky Mountain Chapter 32 2003

Second Marine Division Association
Colorado Chapter
Silent Second
Second to None
Semper Fidelis
Freedom is not free: You have to fight for it.
This memorial is dedicated to all our men who died fighting for it.
Follow Me


Fifth Marine Division WWII 
Iwo Jima 1945, Japan Occupation 1945, Vietnam 1969 -1971

Semper Fidelis
This marker is in memory of the Fifth Division Marines Who raised the flag
on Mt. Suribachi Iwo Jima Feb 23, 1945

3rd Marine Division
Semper Fidelis
Fighting Third

Organized September 16, 1942

Bougainville - Guam - Iwo Jima
Iraq - Enduring Freedom

6th Marine Division
Semper Fidelis
The Stiking Sixth
1 April - 21 June, 1945


The Four Marine Air Wings will be recognized with stones on the “Walk of Valor” as funds allow.




The boulders with plaques in the “Circle of Honor” are a tribute to special related elements that at one time or another served with all six divisions in critical support capacities. The stones/plaques acknowledge each element's contributions to achieving the mission. Although not placed in sequence due to sporadic timing of recognition, the dates of dedication is as good as any for sequencing, with the Navy Corpsman stone/plaque being the first and most strongly felt and critically essential.


To the Amphibious Forces

who, standing in harm's way,

transported Marine to their areas of operation

throughout the world.

Thank You for your unwavering

loyalty and service.

Dedicated 1995

In Memory of Women Marines

Donated by Colorado Columbine Chapter

Woman Marines Associations


 Dedicated with everlasting gratitude


All U.S. Marines

to the U.S.Navy Hospital Corpsmen

who served with the Fleet Marine Force

with courage, compassion and disctinction.

Dedicated 4 July 1982.

Dedicated in recognition and deep

Appreciation to the War Dogs

whose loyalty, bravery and dedication

have saved many Marine lives

on the battle field

May 25th, 2015

 In Recognition and Appreciation of the

United States Navy Seabees

For Their Contributions to the

United States Marine Corps

"Can Do"

May 2012

In recognition and appreciation

of the United States Navy Chaplains

for their spiritual guidance and inspiration

to the United States Marines

in their times of trial

May 25th, 2015