“It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” (Oscar Wilde)
It’s easy to become cynical today about how difficult it seems for people to get along cooperatively in the United States today. For community tensions exacerbated by social media abuse seems to escalate out of control about abortion, gun violence, and our inflationary economy right now. Yet travel teaches me to stay curious about finding positive lessons of historic significance which might ease America’s social ills today.
On a personal level then, I thus hope to stand proudly on the grounds of six extraordinary monuments during our upcoming road trip seeking fresh inspiration as an American to find common ground to unite rather than divide both friend and foe. Allow me to offer you a brief glimpse of these symbolic masterpieces as well in the photo set below.
1. Independence Hall and Liberty Bell – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(Relive key moments of political compromise that took place at the birthplace of America’s Democracy)
2. Flight 93 National Memorial – Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Honor those hijacked airline passengers who unselfishly bonded together to save lives on 9/11/2001)
3 Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb – Springfield , Illinois
(Pay tribute to our 16th President, a legendary leader for all people during America’s Civil War.)
4. Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland , Ohio
(Feel the uniting energy of a musical revolution from its “teeny bopper” beginnings in the 1950s to its mainstream appeal today)
5. Nebraska State Capitol – Lincoln, Nebraska
(Examine in depth it’s unique interior design dedicated to the humanistic ideals of Western Civilization)
6. Wrigley Field, Chicago,Illinois
(Bask in the sights and sounds of a Cubs game amid a diverse atmosphere of loyal hometown fans in the second oldest league ballpark still active in the United States)