Why We Need to Save Our National Monuments

Happy Anniversary!

Today is the 111th Anniversary of the American Antiquities Act. The act was signed in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt after being passed by Congress. It gives the President authority to create monuments out of public lands that have significant natural, cultural, or scientific features. It is done by presidential proclamation, and has created many monuments over it’s long history.

Statue of Liberty, a US National Monument and in danger,  please save the monuments.
Statue of Liberty

Monuments Under Threat

20+ of these Monuments are currently being threatened. We have until July 10, 2017 to let our voices be heard in D.C. to save them! These are our American heritage and if we let them go, we will not get them back. It may just open it up to lose more than the 20 already under threat. Read on for what the monuments mean to my family and I, and why they need to be saved and preserved. You can also read from other bloggers who contributed to a Monumental Day of Blogging for our monuments. Please share.

Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona, monuments are under threat and need to be saved.
Chiricahua National Monument in Arizona

National Treasures

These National Monuments are varied but all special. The are essentially open museums that preserve and protect our resources, cultural heritage, history, and ecology. They range from ancient dwellings and ruins in the American Southwest, to marine monuments with unique habitats and ecosystems.

America's first national monument Devils Tower on why we need to save the national monuments.
Devil’s Tower

America’s First National Monument – Devil’s Tower

Located in north eastern Wyoming, Devil’s Tower was the first National Monument designation. It is an igneous rock butte rising majestically above the landscape. It is the source of legend, history, and adventure. It was and still is a holy place, especially for Native Americans. You can feel the peace and beauty of it just standing in it’s impressive shadow. It would be the first of the now 117 locations with National Monument designations throughout the US and her territories.

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument in St Augustine Florida, please petition to save the monuments under threat.

Childhood Memories – Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

I spent almost every summer with my father’s family in St. Augustine Florida. The town is a historical wonder and holds a very special place in my heart and memories. The Castillo de San Marcos, at over 300 years old, is the oldest masonry fort in the continental US and the ultimate icon and representative of St. Augustine to me. I have many childhood memories of visits to this fort and playing on her lush lawns. I have always loved history and have spent many hours within her grand, strong walls learning of her varied past. I could not imagine losing something not only such a big part of my life, but a part of America.

Montezuma Castle National Monument and 116 others are under threat, please help save them from the government.
Montezuma Castle National Monument

Many More Family Memories with the Monuments

As avid National Park Service and Public Land supporters, we have many family memories to National Parks and Monuments. My husband’s trip with his brother to Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona. A family vacation through the southwest that included Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument. Our honeymoon visit to Little Big Horn National Monument. My husband and I have many special memories of visiting the monuments as children with our parents, and we are continuing that tradition with our own children and grandchildren. I could not, and do not, want to imagine a world without these precious treasures.

Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument and 116 others are under possible threat and need to be protected.
Gila Cliff Dwelling National Monument

Economy Boost

Not only do our National Monuments have a cultural, historical, and personal significance, they also have financial. These locations provide jobs in their areas, not only in the parks themselves but in the surrounding towns. Many are located in rural areas where jobs are extremely scarce. They bring in people who improve the local economy. Money is not the most important thing to me, but in a world where jobs are becoming hard to find, do we need to be taking them away?

Newberry Volcanic National MoACnument Oregon, help save and protect our monuments and public lands.
Newberry Volcanic National Monument

Environmental Preservation

These monuments house and protect many different and unique species and ecosystems. It’s no secret that we humans are destroying our planet. We are developing every last inch of land, and that is not what it was meant for. It throws everything out of kilter. That is partly why we are experiencing unprecedented levels of flooding, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Some of this is due to over development. If they sell off these lands to private entities, they will develop and only make matters worse.

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument please help save and protect our national monuments and public lands.

#MonumentsForAll

Our representatives, especially the President, are supposed to speak for the PEOPLE! Today, please speak up and tell them you want and need these Monuments saved and protected. Let your voices be heard, this will take you to where you can make a public comment to save these loacations. Sign petitions, write your congressmen and women. Tweet it, post it, instagram it, facebook it! Let’s flood them with support and outcries to #SaveOurMonuments because #MonumentsMatter!

Caldera at Newberry Volcanic National Monument Oregon please help save and protect our national monuments and public lands.
Caldera at Newberry Volcanic National Monument

Support Our Parks and Monuments

Get out and visit the monuments. Donate if you can, because budget cuts are another issue threatening all of our parks. Please share your stories, favorite monuments, and/or what they mean to you. Not just today, but everyday. We have until July 10, 2017 to be heard and make a difference. Let’s show them the power of the American People! God Bless the USA and all of you. Thank you for your support and help.

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Why we need to save and protect our national monuments and public lands from the government! Please spread the word #MonumentsForAll #MonumentsMatter
Please help spread the work to Washington DC! Share as much as you can between now and July 10, 2017. Thank you!

Why we need to save and protect our national monuments and public lands from the government! Please spread the word #MonumentsForAll #MonumentsMatter

40 thoughts on “Why We Need to Save Our National Monuments

    1. It’s a great Monument, like ancient apartments. If you can click on the let your voice be heard link in the post and comment to save the monuments. Thank you!

    1. So true! Click the link in the post to comment if you want to help save them. Thank you for your support and for visit our site.

  1. Oh my goodness I didnt know about this. I was born and raised in AZ (now living in Chicago) so I have seen a few of these many times. I WILL spread the word and let my family in AZ know as well.

  2. National Monuments are very important to have and can teach us a lot about our past and about our world. I love visiting them with my family.

    1. You’re so right! They are extremely important and we e need to do all we can to protect them. Thanks for your support!

    1. It’s a very important post. Hopefully we can help get the word out and people motivated to help protect and save these priceless national treasures.

  3. I hope every person will be responsible enough. We need to preserve National Monuments so that future generations will be able to see and witness its unique beauty and history. Will definitely share this.

    1. We can’t thank you enough for your support! You can also click the let your voices be heard link to comment.

  4. Monuments deserve to be around for a long time and we should definitely be a part of restoring, maintaining, and keeping it alive. It’s nice that you’re raising awareness on this.

    1. Thank you, this is a cause near and dear to us. We are passionate about protecting and saving all of our public lands, monuments, and parks for future generations.

    1. Yes it is! Please get out and see them so they can see how important they are. You can also click the link in the post to send a comment to Washington DC to help save them. Thanks again for your support.

    1. I couldn’t have said it better. The soul of the nation. Thank you for your beautiful words and your support.

  5. I have had the honor of visiting most of these places and more growing up as a kid. They are impressive but I couldn’t have said what you did any better! We have something that needs to be cherished by our generation and many that come after us. It’s our heritage as a nation.

  6. National Monuments and National Parks are my favorite places to visit! They definitely need to be saved and preserved!

    1. So true! We visit them as often as possible. Have several on the list for our upcoming New England road trip. Thanks for reading the blog and supporting our parks and monuments.

  7. This is a great campaign. It won’t be fair to the future generations if we don’t take care of these National Monuments. They own them as much as we do. It would be so sad if they would just come to know about these monuments in books.

    1. That is so true. Once they are gone, we can’t get them back. that’s why the Adventuredawgs are doing all we can to get the word out so everyone will speak up to save them. Thanks for your support!

  8. That was impressive! Thinking about monuments has become so important theses days. Here in India, well know, Taj Mahal is under proper care for its marble white skin.
    Thanks for the good read.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Would love to see the Taj Mahal someday. It’s great that other countries protect their precious treasures.

  9. It’s nice to see an article about the importance of national parks and monuments. I’ve noticed many people would rather have shopping centers than historical monuments or clean, safe parks.

    1. That is unfortunately true. If we let them go, there will be no getting them back. Thanks for your support!

    1. I hope so too, and I also hope they get on the website and comment to save them. thanks for your support.

  10. ALOT OF MONUMENTS HERE WITH RICH HISTORY, COOL TO SEE SUCH AMAZING PLACES AND WORK OF NATURE.

  11. I plan to read this to my girls. The history and importance of those statues is something we should all consider.
    Thanks for all this great info. I just saved it to pinterest and will share it on Facebook.

  12. Great post and reminder that we need to pull together and show support for whatever we feel strongly about! National Parks and Monuments are an integral part of our history and well worth a few minutes to click, sign and share!

    1. Thank you for visiting and for your support! You’re so right, a few minutes of someone’s time can make such a difference.

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