I took this photograph of the Washington Monument in October 2005 during a visit to Washington D.C.
This monument was built to honor our first President – George Washington! Not only was he our first President, but he led Patriot forces to victory in the nation’s War for Independence. He was an American political leader, military general, statesman and Founding Father. He played an important role in the adoption and ratification of our U.S. Constitution.
We have heard criticism how George Washington owned slaves for labor and trading. He supported measures passed by Congress protecting slavery to preserve national unity. But we do not always recognize that he freed his slaves in a 1799 will, since he was troubled with the institution of slavery.
If we study the George Washington’s life in detail, we would learn more of his character and principles. He fought for our independence.
Today we celebrate July 4th and our freedoms! We often do not appreciate our military and leaders for their sacrifice to secure our freedoms.
The Washington Monument is 555 ft 5 inches tall. It may not be the tallest building in the world. But it should stand tall in our hearts to remind us of the leader who is the Father of our country.
In the speech written for the dedication of the Washington Monument on February 21, 1885 by Robert Winthrop – One memorable line is —
“An earthquake make shake its foundation … but the character which it commemorates and illustrates is secure”
The monument endured a physical earthquake. It is important to be reminded about the true American spirit and character of George Washington.
To answer how we can honor our independence?
Live a life of honorable character with a deep appreciation of our freedoms!