One of the informational signs around the memorial. It reads
History of the U.S. Marine Corps
Marines have been fighting and dying in defense of freedom since the United
States Marine Corps' inception in November 1775. The names of principal
campaigns engraved on the memorial are a testament to the sacrifices Marines
have made in their service to America.
Marines have been part of our nation's history from the first amphibious
landing in the Revolutionary War. They fought in defense of the Capital during
the War of 1812 and went to the "Halls of Montezuma" in the Mexican-American
War. Marines captured John Brown at Harpers Ferry before the Civil War and
helped rescue American citizens during the boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.
The Marines fought for this nation in all the major wars of the 20th Century.
During World War I, Marines helped to stop the German Army in France in the
epic battle of Belleau Wood. In World War II, the Marines were experts in the
ship-to-shore battles of the Pacific Theater. The bitter war in Korea saw
Marines at Pusan, Inchon, and Chosin Reservoir. The Marines served in the
Vietnam War, best remembered in heroic battles at Hue City and Khe Sahn and in
thousands of deadly firefights. In the Persian Gulf War and later in the War
on Terrorism, Marines were called again to fight in the defense of freedom.