Where is the original Iwo Jima monument located?
The Marine Military Academy is a private college preparatory academy located in Harlingen, Texas, US, offering a college preparatory curriculum for boys in grades 7–12 plus one year of post-graduate study. The school was founded in 1965. Its traditions and ideals are inspired by the United States Marine Corps.
The Marine Military Academy established one of the first Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (MCJROTC) in the nation. All cadets are members of MCJROTC.
Cadets come from various cultural backgrounds, including students from approximately forty-one states and eight foreign countries.
The cadet rank structure is based on the United States Marine Corps rank and billet system, with the addition of Cadet before the title. The uniforms authorized for wear at the academy are parallel to that of the United States Marine Corps.
The Iwo Jima monument, located on the Marine Military Academy grounds, is the original model. It is the creation of Dr. Felix de Weldon, and was used for the casting of the monument erected at Arlington National Cemetery. The monument was then placed in storage until the early 1980’s when the creator then donated it to the Marine Military Academy.
Donations were collected to fund the transport and reassembly of the original monument, was supervised by Dr. de Weldon. On April 16,1982, the monument was officially dedicated.