The Marine Corps War Memorial is in the running for $1 million in preservation grants, but your votes are needed in order for it to win the competition for the funds.
American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation launched the initiative that will grant one of 24 selected historic spots in Washington, D.C., special funding. It’s a competition they’re leaving up to the public, which means fans of the various sites need to go online and vote for their favorite.
The Marine Corps War Memorial will need to beat out 23 other sites including Mount Vernon, the Washington National Cathedral and the Congressional Cemetery to be awarded the funds.
The grant would be used to clean, wax and re-gild the outdoor sculpture, which depicts the iconic image of the second flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II. The memorial reaches 60 feet above ground, so cleaning it requires scaffolding and lifts so workers can reach every angle, according to a George Washington Memorial Parkway news release.
“Each of the six giant bronze figures accumulates dirt, pollution, bird droppings, pollen, and natural weathering residues that must be removed with specialized pressure washing equipment,” the release states.
That ensures that every angle and crevice from the clothing and muscles in the statue that mimics photographic realism can be reached.
Fans can vote for the Marine Corps War Memorial once per day through May 10 online or via mobile. Social media also scores points, so sharing with friends via Facebook, Twitter, checking in on Foursquare or taking Instagram photos count, too. Check out all the details here.