According to the City of Newport Beach, The 1st Battalion, 1st Marines (1/1) hold a special place in the hearts of residents. On Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, the community dedicated a memorial in honor of the Marines of 1/1. The memorial, designed by artist Benjamin Victor, is a bronze sculpture set against a black granite backdrop. It represents a young Marine in battle dress, walking forward while looking back. The relationship between the City and 1/1 began in 2003 when the City “adopted” 1/1 to assist these Marines and their families. 1/1 is a decorated Marine unit that first saw action in World War II and recently returned from its third deployment to Iraq.