Sunday, March 01, 2009

who would you carve?

In 1923, Doane Robinson conceived the idea of carving the faces of American heroes into the side of a mountain to bring more tourists to the Black Hills of South Dakota. On October 4, 1927, dynamite was used to remove the rock from the side of the mountain~~beginning the 14 year endeavor of creating a historical monument.

While Doane Robinson and his supporters lobbied for the approval of what is now Mt. Rushmore, the greatest decision before them was WHOSE faces to carve. WHICH historical figures represented the qualities that should be exemplified?

photo from: www.galenfrysinger.com

After much thought and deliberation, 4 former Presidents were chosen.

George Washington was selected because he was regarded as the father of the United States and represented its struggle for independence, its constitution and its liberty.

Thomas Jefferson was to be honored as the author of the Declaration of Independence, representative government and for the expansion of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.

President Teddy Roosevelt was selected because he saw through the completion of the Panama Canal linking the two oceans and opening the connecting waters of the East and the West.

Abraham Lincoln was chosen for preserving the Union through one of America's darkest hours and for the ideals of freedom and equality for all.

Qualities to be respected and revered.

Who has entered your life and been a blessing. Who has taught you, edified you, been a person of greatness to you?

WHO WOULD YOU CARVE INTO THE SIDE OF A MOUNTAIN?

WHOSE QUALITIES WOULD YOU WANT TO IMMORTALIZE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS TO LEARN FROM?

Who would be on your Mt. Rushmore?

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