As part of the National Park Week, today is Veteran/Military Appreciation Day. Today, we recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of the U.S. military and also discover connections and opportunities within the parks.
The National Park Service preserves and shares the stories of the American military over the last three centuries. The relationship between the national parks and our military goes way back. The U.S. Cavalry served as the first park rangers at our first national park, Yellowstone National Park. Hundreds of soldiers were stationed at Fort Yellowstone.
During World War II, many parks served as training and care locations for military personnel. Today, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.
As you plan your next trip, discover the people who have protected our freedom here in America and learn about the places that shaped our military history and culture.
To honor today, take a minute and appreciate the the service and sacrifice of our military here.
Cheers to National Park Week!
Happy 108th anniversary to the Lincoln Memorial! The Lincoln Memorial is a national monument built to honor our 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. You can find this grand structure in the National Mall opposite the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.
This towering monument stands 190 feet long, 120 feet wide, 99 feet tall and constructed with a Colorado-Yule marble. The Lincoln Memorial interior is divided into three chambers (north, south, and central). The north and south side chambers contain carved inscriptions of President Lincoln’s two most famous speeches, Second Inaugural Address and his Gettysburg Address.
Between the north and south chambers contains the statute of President Lincoln sitting in contemplation. The statue, originally intended to be only 10 feet tall, was on further consideration enlarged so that it finally stood 19 feet tall from head to foot. The scale being such that if President Lincoln were standing he would be 28 feet tall. Above him, you can see another inscription.
If you visit D.C., I highly recommend checking out this majestic national monument! The size, history, and symbolism will stay with you long after your visit here.
Enjoy a couple of photos below from a visit to the Lincoln Memorial several years ago with my sister.
“The ballot is stronger than the bullet.” ~ President Abraham Lincoln
Happy 111th anniversary to Muir Woods National Monument!
On January 9, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt created the Muir Woods National Monument named after conservationist John Muir. Muir Woods became the 7th National Monument and was the first one created from land donated by a private individual.
In 1905, Congressman William Kent and his wife, Elizabeth, bought 611 acres for only $45,000. To protect the redwoods here, the Kents donated 295 acres of the land to the federal government. President Roosevelt originally suggested naming it after the Kents, but they wanted it named after Muir.
Muir Woods lies in the middle of the redwood’s latitudinal range that spans from the California/Oregon border to Big Sur, just south of Monterey. And it is quite easy to get to from San Francisco!
In 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge was completed and visitors tripled in numbers to Muir Woods that year!
And in 1945, delegates met from all over the world to draft and sign the Charter of the United Nations. President Franklin D. Roosevelt died just 12 days before he was to have opened the United Nations Conference in San Francisco. President Harry Truman still proceeded this conference. In the middle of the two-month conference, over 500 delegates representing 46 nations took the time off from the conference to go to Muir Woods National Monument to honor and to pay tribute to President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Muir Woods’ Cathedral Grove. Edward R. Stettinius, Jr., U.S. Secretary of State, who spoke of Muir Woods as a symbol of Roosevelt’s ideals, saying, “These great redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument are the most enduring of all trees. Many of them stood here centuries after every man now living is dead. They are as timeless and as strong as the ideals and faith of Franklin D. Roosevelt.”
Muir Woods is a great place to see some amazing redwood trees, check out the history here, and take in a few hikes! If you’re in the Bay Area, I highly recommend that you check out Muir Woods National Monument!