“I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past.”
Cpl. Jeff Sornij, USMC; in Navy Times, November 1994
These Photos were taken in August 2013 by Retired Marine Combat Photographer Walt Modler on a first trip to the Museum of the Marine Corps. They are included as reference if you are planning a trip to Quantico and or Washington D.C.
Located just before the parking lot of the Museum. This is also an entrance to the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park behind the chapel. A winding (wheel chair accessible) pathway passing the “Human Cremains Memorial Site”. the pathway lined by dedication bricks and passing many monuments donated by Marines and friends of Marines dedicated to centuries of service to man and country.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is designed to be the centerpiece of a complex of facilities called the Marine Corps Heritage Center. This multi-use, 135-acre (0.55 km2) campus includes the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and Semper Fidelis Chapel; a demonstration area with parade grounds; hiking trails and other outdoor recreational offerings; a conference center and hotel; and an archive facility to restore and preserve Marine artifacts.
Semper Fidelis Memorial Park overlooks the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It is a place of remembrance and reflection, dedicated to the service of all Marines and those who have supported the Marine Corps.
One of three scaled-down replicas reside at three Marine bases: just outside the front gate of Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia, adjacent to the parade deck at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island and the main gate at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kāne'ohe Bay, Hawaii.
In honor and memory of the men of the United States Marine Corps who have given their lives to their country since November 10 1775. "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue"