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The Meaning behind the Monuments


I’m still thinking about my bike ride last week with our summer interns and our visits to the most famous of the Washington, D.C., monuments. The timing was perfect—just before the Fourth of July celebration—and there is no better place to be reminded of our nation’s history than on the Mall of our nation’s capital.

The monuments have a majesty and peacefulness that are inspiring. There is a grandeur too that is unforgettable; the Lincoln Memorial even has an inscription that starts, “In this temple … the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.”

In this beautiful setting it is easy to forget that this country was formed as a result of a messy congress, with lots of bickering and nasty arguments, and ultimately a bloody, hard-fought revolution. Our forebears were willing to take risks—putting their principles above their personal goals and the personal safety of themselves and their families.

Take a moment today to reflect on these powerful words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

We have many reasons to be thankful. Now it is our turn.

Bob.jpgThe preceding is a guest post Bob Ottenhoff,  Chief Executive of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. With an entrepreneurial spirit, strong technology focus, and a quest to make an impact in the world, Bob has the ability to take an organization and lead it into strong performance, sustainability, and industry leadership.

Topics: Just Because