At the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, a bronze memorial stretching 78 feet from its base to the tip of the flagpole recreates the stunning moment caught by the late photographer Joe Rosenthal. Rene Gagnon was one of the three surviving members of the flag raising who modeled for the sculpture. New Hampshire remembers Gagnon on a more intimate scale at the E. Stanley Wright Museum in Wolfeboro. Its Rene Gagnon exhibit includes his Marine uniform, photographs, and items on permanent loan from the New Hampshire Marine Corps Historical Association.
E. Stanley Wright Museum, 77 Center St., Wolfeboro, NH. 603-569-1212. wrightmuseum.org