The Washington Monument
Construction began in 1848. The Cornerstone laid. It was inaugurated and open to the public in 1888. The capstone is made from aluminum and has four faces. On the east face is the inscription is “Laus Deo,” “Praise be to God.”
This is a monument to the Father of our Country. Here is his prayer for us:
We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally, that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
The Lincoln Memorial
As I stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial I was overwhelmed by the greatness of this man. Tears welled up in my eyes and I knew I stood on hallowed ground.
I hold President Lincoln in the highest esteem along with our founding fathers and feel humbled by their sacrifices.
“The people of the United States are the rightful master of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the constitution.”
“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot strengthen prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.”–Abraham Lincoln
Have a fun and safe holiday and take the time to remember the sacrifices of our fore-fathers.