Boston Common: George Washington Monument

Boston Common is a public park in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. It is the oldest park in the city, dating back to 1634. The park is 48 acres in size and includes a number of monuments and sculptures, including the George Washington Monument. The park is a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike and is home to a number of annual events, including the Boston Tea Party reenactment.

America’s Stonehenge

America’s Stonehenge is an archaeological site consisting of a number of large rocks and stone structures scattered around roughly 30 acres within the town of Salem, New Hampshire in the United States. It is open to the public for a fee as part of a recreational area which includes snowshoe trails and an alpaca farm. (Wikipedia)
Address105 Haverhill Rd, Salem, NH 03079

Alexander Hamilton’s Grave

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Alexander Hamilton was one of the founding fathers of the United States and was also the first Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington’s administration. Vice President Aaron Burr and Hamilton challenged each other to a pistol duel which was the culmination of the pair’s long and bitter animosity for one another. Hamilton was mortally wounded by Burr and died the following day on July 12, 1804. Hamilton was buried in the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery in Manhattan, New York where his grave still stands today.

Bent County/Las Animas Cemetery

For more than 160 years, the current Bent County/Las Animas Cemetery has served as a community burial ground and the final resting place for several famous names in Colorado history.

One famous Coloradan who rests there is fur trader William Bent, who with his brother built and operated the famous Bent’s Fort. A replica of the 1840s adobe fort is now a National Historic Site.

The cemetery is also the burial site of Amache Prowers, an influential Cheyenne woman who married one of the men in the Prowers family. The Prowers were early Coloradans who settled near Boggsville, adjacent to the area that is now the cemetery. (Susan M. Thornton)

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Fearless Girl versus Charging Bull

Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture by Kristen Visbal, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors via McCann New York, depicting a Latina girl facing the Charging Bull statue. Wikipedia

Charging Bull, which is sometimes referred to as the Wall Street Bull or the Bowling Green Bull, is a bronze sculpture that stands in Bowling Green in the Financial District in Manhattan, New York City. Wikipedia

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Remember Them: Champions for Humanity

Remember Them: Champions for Humanity honors 39 people for their contributions towards peace, freedom, and human rights in the past 150 years. The monument depicts 25 humanitarians and 14 local champions in larger-than-life bronze in downtown Oakland, CA. Behind the monument, a wall designed for the visually impaired allows visitors to explore the humanitarians through touch: it features bronze castings and well-known quotations from each in braille and large print. Remember Them was created by Oakland sculptor Mario Chiodo and unveiled on May 31, 2013.

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The September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois

The September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois will be dedicated to the many victims and brave respondents of the vicious attacks on America’s freedom and ideals. The Memorial will honor victims of the attacks and those who risked their lives to save others. It will recognize the thousands who survived and the remarkable compassion displayed in the aftermath.

The walkway will be located in the Belleville, IL at the Fire Department Administration Office at Illinois Route 15 and Illinois Route 159. The walkway will feature a 7,100-pound steel remnant of the World Trade Center as the centerpiece and chronicle the story of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 on that fateful day. (World Trade Center Memorial Walkway
of Southern Illinois)

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Liberty Bell

The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formerly placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell today is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. The bell was commissioned in 1752 by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly from the London firm of Lester and Pack (known subsequently as the Whitechapel Bell Foundry), and was cast with the lettering “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof,” a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10). The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years, the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public meetings and proclamations.

Although no immediate announcement was made of the Second Continental Congress’s vote for independence, and so the bell could not have rung on July 4, 1776, related to that vote, bells were rung on July 8 to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence. While there is no contemporary account of the Liberty Bell ringing, most historians believe it was one of the bells rung. After American independence was secured, the bell fell into relative obscurity until, in the 1830s, the bell was adopted as a symbol by abolitionist societies, who dubbed it the “Liberty Bell.”

The bell acquired its distinctive large crack sometime in the early 19th century—a widespread story claims it cracked while ringing after the death of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835. The bell became famous after an 1847 short story claimed that an aged bell-ringer rang it on July 4, 1776, upon hearing of the Second Continental Congress’s vote for independence. Despite the fact that the bell did not ring for independence on that July 4, the tale was widely accepted as fact, even by some historians. Beginning in 1885, the City of Philadelphia, which owns the bell, allowed it to go to various expositions and patriotic gatherings. The bell attracted huge crowds wherever it went, additional cracking occurred and pieces were chipped away by souvenir hunters. The last such journey occurred in 1915, after which the city refused further requests.

After World War II, the city allowed the National Park Service to take custody of the bell while retaining ownership. The bell was used as a symbol of freedom during the Cold War and was a popular site for protests in the 1960s. It was moved from its longtime home in Independence Hall to a nearby glass pavilion on Independence Mall in 1976, and then to the larger Liberty Bell Center adjacent to the pavilion in 2003. The bell has been featured on coins and stamps, and its name and image have been widely used by corporations. (Wikipedia)

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Plymouth Rock

Plymouth Rock is the traditional site of disembarkation of William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims who founded Plymouth Colony in 1620. The Pilgrims did not refer to Plymouth Rock in any of their writings; the first known recorded reference to the rock dates to 1715 when it was described in the town boundary records as “a great rock.” The first documented claim that Plymouth Rock was the landing place of the Pilgrims was made by Elder Thomas Faunce in 1741, 121 years after the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth. From that time to the present, Plymouth Rock has occupied a prominent spot in American tradition and has been interpreted by later generations as a symbol both of the virtues and flaws of the first English people who colonized New England. In 1774, the rock broke in half during an attempt to haul it to Town Square in Plymouth. The top portion (the fragment now visible) sat in Town Square, was moved to Pilgrim Hall Museum in 1834, and was returned to its original site on the shore of Plymouth Harbor in 1880. Today it is ensconced beneath a granite canopy designed by McKim, Mead & White. (Wikipedia)

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