Pictures and text by Robert A. Sikkink
The pictures were taken on 10 April, 2009.
The memorial consists of a small park that commemorates battles fought by the 5th Marines, one of the most decorated regiments in the Marine Corps. A central part of the memorial garden is the memorial to the 221 Marines, soldiers, and sailors who have died since 2003 while serving combat duty with 5th Marine Regiment battalions in Iraq. The granite memorial resembles the "Texas" barrier used by U.S. troops for protection in the Anbar province of Iraq. The park also contains concrete markers that record milestones from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In addition, the memorial contains a memorial to the 14 Marines from the 5th Marine Regiment killed in the crash of a MV-22 Osprey. The memorial park has benches for quite reflection and remembrance.
|Sign at the entrance of the Memorial Garden|
|Overall shot of the entrance and wide angle of memorial garden|
|Central area with memorials and plaques|
|5th Marines Iraq memorial|
|Reverse of the 5th Marines Iraq memorial|
|Articles left in memory on the 5th Marines Iraq memorial|
|Memorial for Marine killed in Desert Storm|
|Memorial for 5th Marines in Vietnam|
|Memorial for 5th Marines in Korea (Pusan Perimeter)|
|Memorial to 14 Marines from 5th Marines killed in MV 22 crash.|