Some of the most important things that I want to take Ty to see.

While my son is only four and is about to start school, I have created a plan to see as many things as possible.  During the summers, we are going to start traveling to different places, now that he is old enough to remember them.  But we are going to start here in the United States.  Well, the problem is that there are so many things that are important to see and do that narrowing them down to just six took about five days to do.  The problem that I was having was do I do anything that can be considered art (i.e. the Grand canyon), or do I only do things that are man-made art.  Also, so I stay in the country, or do I consider the world. Well, by keeping it to at least one hemisphere of the earth, I decided on man-made and just kept narrowing down until I felt that these were the most important for Ty to see and understand.  

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a monument of democracy. The four presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, are looking out over the Black Hills. The meaning behind this sculpture is hope, determination, and the spirit of the nation. Though the sculpture is made mostly of granite, there have been studies done that have shown traces of mica schist rocks, pegmatite dikes, and sandstone left behind due to the Earth’s erosion over billions of years. Mount Rushmore was created by many workmen using dynamite, jackhammering, and chiseling to sculpt the model into the mountain.
The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World is the universal symbol of freedom. The Roman Goddess, Libertas, was chosen as the person the statue would depict. The torch that she carries symbolizes enlightenment because she is enlightening the world, as the original name states. The tablet that she is holding symbolizes the laws that have been put forth. Carved into the tablet is the date of American independence written in roman numerals: JULY IV MDCCLXXVI. There are chain links at her feet that many believe hold the meaning of Americans breaking free from totalitarianism and serfdom. Once construction was approved, the sculptor had created small models to guide efforts. But there was no clear idea; he just followed what he had envisioned. The end result is that the statue is made up of wrought iron and steel. The was then covered by a thin layer of copper. It started out as a lighter brown color, and over the years it has turn green due to corrosion.
The Marine Memorial represents five Marines and one navy Corpsman raising the second flag on the island of IWO Jima during World War II. The memorial is dedicated to the fallen marines and the troops from other services that have fallen beside them. Three of the men, who had survived, posed for the artist. He then used photos to recreate the other three men. The Base of the memorial is made up of concrete mixed with granite. The soldiers stand on rocks planting a bronze flag pole into them. From the flag pole, a cloth American Flag flies.
Built to honor President Abraham Lincoln, The Lincoln Memorial is a national symbol for racism and the civil rights movement. While the building is made to resemble Greek temples, it has a sculpture of Abraham Lincoln along with inscriptions of his Gettysburg Address and his Second Inaugural Address. The Exterior is made up of Colorado Yule marble; while the statue is made of Georgia white marble.
As one of America’s Founding Fathers, Thomas Jefferson was, as still is admired by many. Franklin D. Roosevelt was an admirer and had plans drawn up to honor Thomas Jefferson, a man that played many roles in the building of America. The building is made up of marble from Virginia and Georgia. The difference in the marble symbolizes the differences of the Thirteen Colonies. The floors are Tennessee marble, while the ceiling is Indiana limestone. The base of the bronze Jefferson statue is Minnesota granite, and it is accented with Missouri marble rings. The importance of bring in factors from these states is that they came from the Louisiana Purchase; something that President Thomas Jefferson was tied to.
The Unconditional Surrender Sculpture is significant in time to many military folks. While the Marine Corps War Memorial is a symbol of victory, the Unconditional Surrender Sculpture is a symbol of the rewards of that victory. It is also a celebration of the Japanese surrender during World War II. The photo was taken on V-J Day, 1945, in Times Square. There are many sculptures placed, all over America, that have been recreated to depict that photo. All the sculptures are made out of bronze and stand to be about 25-26ft tall.
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