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A tribute to all the Presidents that shaped our nation.
December 2, 2016
For those who have had the opportunity to visit our nation's capitol, the many tributes to our past presidents have witnessed spectacular monuments to their contributions to our mighty nation. Massive structures and figures that reflect on the magnitude of their accomplishments. These great larger than life representations make it difficult for the average person to relate to them as a real person who was in all respects just like us.
When a child stands before the huge statue of President Lincoln in his memorial, he is appropriately impressed by this great leader, but it 's hard to relate to him as a real man. Was he as tall as his dad? How large were his shoes? The same as true of almost all of our memorials and statues. The creators of these monuments wanted to impress us with their larger than life works; It does little to let us view them in their correct form and relate to them as fellow human beings.
My goal is to create a memorial to all of our Presidents in a unique way. Imagine passing through a landscaped flower portal with twin flag poles flying our nation's flag. As we go through the portal we find displayed on the pathway beneath out feet the Year 1776 chiseled in stone. As we proceed, we find first a posted copy of our Declaration of Independence and with each crossing over the years 1777 thru 1788 we find additional informative items of our fight for liberty. A small shop with maps and related items for those wishing to purchase reminders of their visit will be available.
Approaching the year 1779, we encounter another landscaped portal signifying the beginning of our Presidents. Standing next to the gray paving blocks of the pathway is our first statue of President George Washington. Life size in a casual pose as if he was waiting to greet you. The pavers around the statue are glistening white and give visitors ample room for viewing as well as photographing the subject. I am sure that many children would like a photo of themselves standing alongside George Washington. Audio interpretative information also will be provided at each Presidential location.
Proceeding ahead and crossing the over the next seven years we reach 1797 and find the statue of John Adams our second president displayed similar to George Washington. Our continued walk will reveal each President relative to the year of this presidency thereby giving the visual representation of the duration of their time in office as well as mark those tragic circumstances that cut short their term. For example, William Henry Harrison only served for 32 days in office before he died of pneumonia.
The Pathway will note years that have historical significance in an appropriate manner that will not distract from the overall goal of the presentation of our Presidents. The many different flags that flew over our country will also find their appropriate location along the pathway along with an audio interpretative exhibit. With approximately 3 meters or 10 feet between years the entire Pathway will extend for about 735 meters of about 2,400 feet.
This narrative is the core idea of my vision. However, to become a reality, many individuals, institutions, corporations and governmental agencies will need to take part. I hope that this invitation to become part of this vision will attract those that believe we owe our children and grandchildren a new view of the great institution of the Presidency.