So Proudly We Hail

May 27, 2004 – September 6, 2004

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

2nd Floor, West Wing Floor Plan

To commemorate the opening of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, 4 U.S. flags flown at significant moments during the war are on view:

  • the original flag raised on Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima (the flag depicted in the iconic photograph)
  • the original flag flown during Commodore Perry's opening of Japan was flown symbolically on the deck of U.S.S. Missouri when General Douglas McArthur accepted the surrender of Japan
  • the flag carried by the first U.S. regiment to enter Berlin after it fell to the Soviets.
  • a flag constructed using a captured Nazi flag, a blue dress uniform, and some salvaged red fabric during WWII.