James Donovan, founder and executive director of the Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, places a wreath at the memorial during the Christmas wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 13. "As far as updates, we haven't kept pace with the times and its needs," said Mr. Donovan, a former Marine corporal who served at the monument's Silent Drill Platoon from 1964 to 1968. (Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea/USMC)

James Donovan, founder and executive director of the Marine Corps War Memorial Foundation, places a wreath at the memorial during the Christmas wreath-laying ceremony on Dec. 13. "As far as updates, we haven't kept pace with the times and its needs," said Mr. Donovan, a former Marine corporal who served at the monument's Silent Drill Platoon from 1964 to 1968. (Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea/USMC)