Happy Monday everyone! I wanted to talk about something a bit different this week. Recently I was asked, “why do we make such a fuss over landmarks. What do they even mean to us?” This question took me by surprise but also gave me a great opportunity to share my knowledge of history. In my opinion, there was a simple answer but this lead to a topic for debate and I wanted to share my view with all of you as well as see what you think.
For centuries, landmarks have been an important part of culture all over the world. They tell a story of an important moment in time which remind us of the joy, suffering and sorrows that accompanied them. These events molded America into what it is today. The United States has several important landmarks that represent historic events such as tragedy, alliances, and war.
The first landmark I want to talk about came from a tragedy that happened on September 11th, 2001 that still haunts America to this day. For all those who had to endure the horrific events that morning will forever have scars on their hearts. This landmark reminds us of those 2,977 lives that were lost due to a senseless terrorist attack. It is a constant remembrance that even though we may have gone through this horrendous event, we stand strong and united as one. The beautiful waterfalls at ground zero stand in place to memorialize the lives of the mothers, fathers, sons and daughters who were lost that day. They tried to tear us down but little did they know that this act would show them how resilient we are.
There has been plenty of tragedy throughout history but we must keep our chins up and be grateful for all the positive relationships we have built over time. Just like when the Americans accepted the Statue of Liberty as a gift from the French to symbolized our alliance with them during the American Revolution. It ended up meaning much more than a friendship between countries. This gift represented liberty to all who enter America. It is a sign welcoming them to the land of the free and the home of the brave. On the base of the statue it reads, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This in and of itself expresses America’s want to show immigrants the path to liberty in our country. That’s powerful stuff!
The Pear Harbor Memorial for many years has reminded us of how America entered World War II and has been one of the most talked about wars I personally have ever experienced. Who can forget Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous quote, “December 7, 1941, is a date which will live in infamy”. That day created terror for America and its soldiers, taking 2,403 lives and wounding 1,178 others. We had known the attack would happen but did not know when or where. The Japanese took us by surprise and demolished our naval base. Today you can tour the marble memorial engraved with the names of those who perished at the naval base in Hawaii.
My opposing side views landmarks as a waste of money, space and time. They stated we do not need landmarks to remind us of wars, losses or tragedies. We have those in history books and should learn from those. I say, these landmarks are our battle scares, our trophies and our constant reminders of what makes this country great.
What do you think about landmarks? Are they a waste of space for something bigger and better or do you think they serve a purpose for being there?
Until next time, never forget the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.