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What Makes America Beautiful?

Updated on September 18, 2015
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Deborah L. Alexander is an author, business woman, wife to Doug for almost 40 years, a mother of three adult children & a grandmother of 4.

American Freedom and the History that Made it Real

America definitely has physical beauty but it also has a strong patriotic beauty found in historic roots because of the people who founded America and gave this great country a strong foundation.

You have probably heard many times before that freedom is not free. At Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, this statement becomes very real when walking through and observing the endless acres of graves containing the remains of American heroes who died to keep America free.

In recent decades, there has been a movement to distort the true history of America. I will share some of that history that some are hoping to remove. Many modern day assumptions about our founding fathers are totally untrue.

History is easily found in Washington D.C. Tours of many historic monuments, statues, and memorials, that represent the roots of America, are found throughout the city.

America is Beautiful because of the people who believed in her future and gave their lives for America to be free. America's founding fathers are still speaking today through the true history that must not be altered.

Washington D.C. is Packed with American History

When thinking of visiting the capital city of the United States, many historical points of interest may pop into your mind. These include the obvious ones like the White House, the Capital, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial . . . and the list goes on. The first trip my family made to Washington DC back in May 2001 included all those sites and more.

However the second visit to this area included more of the state of Maryland and places in Washington DC we missed the first time because of time restraints or because some current sites were not there in 2001 prior to 911.

This picture is from our second visit; it is of the famous Iwo Jima statue from World War II. Although we visited Arlington National Cemetery both trips, this was one of the cemetery sites we missed the first time.

The Guarded Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Guarded Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Guarded Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Where Valor Rests - Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

An Awe Inspiring Site that We Visited on Both Trips to Washington D.C.

This beautiful area displays acres and acres of monuments, each a symbol of sacrifice and courage to fellow Americans and their family members who served the United States of America in self-sacrificing ways.

From the guarded tomb of the unknown soldier to a more recent monument giving tribute to 911, every final resting place encountered provokes feelings of gratitude as you honor their courageous memory. Arlington National Cemetery is a beautiful place honoring the brave who gave their all for America and freedom.

Each grave represents a fellow-American we, each as Americans, are connected to with our shared history of God and Country and our love of freedom. An America we each have the responsibility to preserve and protect as it was passed on to us.

If you have never visited Arlington National Cemetery, I hope you will have the privilege some day of feeling the power of the experience.

Changing of the Guard for The Unknown Soldier

Changing of the Guard for The Unknown Soldier
Changing of the Guard for The Unknown Soldier

Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery for Pentagon Victims of 911

Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery for  Pentagon Victims of 911
Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery for Pentagon Victims of 911

Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day

Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day
Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day

Material Relevant to American History

Why is it so important to know our country's history?

Often cultures that choose to ignore historic problems are destined to repeat those problems and relive the consequences. But learning from the past can lead to a brighter tomorrow.

Learning from history is never a waste of time.

Washington Monument in the Background and as a Gravemarker

Washington Monument in the Background and as a Gravemarker
Washington Monument in the Background and as a Gravemarker

Iwo Jima Memorial

Iwo Jima Memorial
Iwo Jima Memorial

U.S. Capitol Tour with David Barton - Remember America's Real History that Many are Trying to Wipe Away

America's indisputable Christian history and heritage are part of her strong roots. Our true history must be remembered.

Following are Six Points in American History That Some are Trying to Bury and Pretend Never Where Part of Our American Heritage

A Photo of the 1st Bible Printed in America

The 1st Holy Bible printed in English was printed by the U.S. Congress in 1782.

That 1st English printing of the Holy Bible came with an inscription by U.S. Congress recommending its use in our Public Schools and that it also be used by the inhabitants of the United States.

Click on Bible to visit website

Proven Fact

If people renewed their mind daily with the word of their Creator, the world would indeed be a better place~DLAlexander

American History Point #1

Secularism between church and the US Capital did not exist until recent decades.

The Jefferson Memorial

The Jefferson Memorial
The Jefferson Memorial

American History Point #2

Thomas Jefferson attended church at the U.S. Capital during his eight years as President. He ordered the U.S. Marine Corps Band to play the music for the worship services he attended there.

American History Point #3

Thomas Jefferson donated public funds for mission work to spread the Gospel.

American History Point #4

President James A. Garfield was a minister of the Gospel, preaching revival during the 2nd Great Awakening.

American History Point #5

In 1857, the U.S. Capital was the largest church in the United States.

The U.S. Capital

The U.S. Capital
The U.S. Capital

American History Point #6

29 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence held seminary (Bible School) degrees.

Patrick Henry - An American Patriot

Patrick Henry

Do you remember Patrick Henry?

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How Can Americans Serve the U.S.A.?

This Year on Election Day in November, All Eligible Americans Can Serve America by Exercising Their Right and Privilege to Vote

American Election Day

Will you vote in the next American Presidential Election?

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Photo Credit:

All photos are my own, except intro photo purchased at bigstockphoto.com & Holy Bible photo linked to original site.

Have you visited Washington DC? - Do you live there?

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      Actually, I live quite close to it right now. Have been to most of these sites.

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      Michele Marie Burke 3 years ago

      I was privileged to be born in our Nation's Capitol. It is a beautiful city and one every American should see if possible. The presence of the foundation of our Christian faith is evident throughout the city. Thank you for so beautifully presenting this. God bless!

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      Tricia Deed 3 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Yes, but it has been many years. I visited when you could walk into the building and on the grounds. Now it is sad to see it fenced in.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I would like to visit Washington DC, but I haven't. I know plenty people who have, and I hope to someday.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 4 years ago from Texas

      Yes, I went to Washington D.C. in 1978 as part of a academic competition. I remember the cherry blossoms and that we didn't have to travel far to be in another state.

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      Elastara 4 years ago

      Heard Maryland Washington, D.C. is a wonderful place to visit, hope to visit one day!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      No but it's on my list of places to visit

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      mic604 4 years ago

      I have never visited Washington, D.C., but plan on in the future. You are so right about how our history is being erased. All of the founders had some form of faith in God, but now are painted as just the opposite. Great lens.

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      Michele Marie Burke 4 years ago

      Washington DC is my birthplace and home in my heart. The city belongs to every American as the capitol of our country. It is steeped in Christian heritage and a history of opportunity. May God continue to bless America and keep her free.

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      DougAllen 4 years ago

      I've never lived there, but Washington DC is an awesome place to visit! When we were there it was really neat to me to see all the places that we saw on TV, newspapers, magazines, post cards, etc. The city is overflowing with history. Christian Godly history! I recommend to anyone that has not been to go!

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I've visited several times. It's an amazing experience!