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Examples of Sculpture and Dedications


to call to remembrance,

to mark some ceremony or observation,

to serve as a memorial


Washington Monument
According to information found at this web site, plans for a national monument to honor founding father George Washington date back to the year 1783. If you are interested in learning about the Washington Monument, then access the information found at the National Register of Historic Places web site. Read about the plans for creating a structure to honor Washington and details about the monument itself. Use the provided links to learn about the Washington Monument restoration project and other web sites with information about this national symbol.
Topic: National monuments, Washington Monument (Washington D.C.) Language: English Lexile: 1230 http://www.cr.nps.gov

The Legend of the Swamp Fox
The legend of the Swamp Fox involves the Revolutionary officer from South Carolina named Francis Marion. This article explains how Marion earned the nickname Swamp Fox by fighting the British with a band of fighters in the swamps of North Carolina. This practice also gave him the title of the Father of Guerilla Warfare as well. Marion's experience in the French and Indian war is described along with his band of irregulars, and his role in helping Washington replace Horatio Gates. His popularity is revealed in descriptions of many honors he received following the Revolutionary War.
Topic: Marion, Francis,--1732-1795 Language: English Lexile: 1610  Biography http://www.swampfoxmemorial.org

Fishermen's Memorial Statue (1925)

1623 - 1923

American Battle Monuments Commission
This is the official web page of the American Battle Monuments Commission. In 1923, this Commission was formed to honor the men and women in the American Armed Forces. By visiting this web page, you can learn about all the different memorials located throughout the world. You can also learn about American burial grounds located throughout the world. If you are interested in visiting any of these sites, information is provided, as well as information on commemorative events.
Topic: Monuments Language: English Lexile: 1270  Video http://www.abmc.gov

Reading 2: The USS Arizona Memorial
If you are learning about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the event that caused the U.S. to enter World War II, you will need to know facts about the USS Arizona. The USS Arizona was bombed and destroyed in the attack, and several crewmen lost their lives. Find out the statistics and the details about the bombing of the Arizona and how the USS Arizona Memorial came to be. Since the Arizona could not be salvaged, it was decided that a memorial should be constructed to honor all those who died in the Pearl Harbor attack.
Topic: Arizona (Battleship) Language: English Lexile: 1240 http://www.nps.gov

George Washington Carver: Chemist, Teacher, Symbol
The American Chemical Society tells the story of George Washington Carver, the legendary scientist who revolutionized the field of agriculture. The story is made up of multiple parts and each part is presented on a separate page. The opening page contains an insightful introduction along with the interactive table of contents. This is where you can access the parts of the story that tell you about Carver's early life, his education, his connection to Booker T. Washington, and his roles as both teacher and agricultural chemist. A discussion on his legend can be accessed as well.Topic: Carver, George Washington,--1864?-1943 Language: English Lexile: 1370  Biography http://www.acs.org

"No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it."
—George Washington Carver, May 25, 19151 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God

The Tomb sarcophagus was placed above the grave of the Unknown Soldier of World War I. West of the World War I Unknown are the crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Those three graves are marked with white marble slabs flush with the plaza.

1898 John Fremont Stamp
Very few people in history have the honor of being commemorated on a U.S. stamp. John Fremont was one of those to receive the honor, gracing the face of the 5 cent stamp in 1898. Readers will learn about the life of John Fremont and his contribution to exploration and politics. Readers will also learn about the history of his first stamp, as well as two additional Fremont stamps, one that was printed in 1994 and the 1998 reissue of his original stamp.
Topic: Fremont, John Charles,--1813-1890 Language: English  Lexile: 1280 http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu

The New Colossus - Hudson River Lighthouse Coalition

The "New Colossus": written by Emma Lazarus in 1883. Proceeds that were raised from its auction were used to complete the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. This plaque memorialized the sonnet in 1903 and was placed on the inner walls of the Statue's pedestal. It currently is displayed in the Statue of Liberty exhibit. The original handwritten sonnet is housed by the American Jewish Historical Society.

Not like the brazen giant of Green fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land,
Here at our sea-washed, sunset- gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome, her mild eyes command
The air-bidged harbor that twin-cities frame.

"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she,
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddles masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Dedication of the Statue to Brevet Major-General William Wells - Gettysburg, PA

William Wells
Brevet Major General U.S. Vols.
1837 - 1892
First Lieut. Co. E. 1st Vermont Cavalry Oct. 14 1861
Captain Co. C. Nov. 18 1861
Major Dec. 30 1862
Colonel July 2 1864
Brevet Brigadier General U.S. Vols. Feb. 22 1865
Brevet Major General U.S. Vols.
"For gallant and meritorious services" March 13 1865
Brigadier General U.S. Vols. May 19 1865
Honorably mustered out Jan. 15 1866
Once wounded and once a prisoner
Awarded Medal of Honor for "most distinguished
gallantry at Gettysburg" July 3 1863
Commander of Sheridan's Cavalry Corps

At 5 p.m. July 3 the 2nd Battalion 1st Vermont Cavalry led by Major William Wells, General Farnsworth commanding the brigade riding by his side crossed Plum Run near this point charging over stone walls amid rocks and through woods till they encountered five regiments of Law's Confederate Brigade near the spot where the regimental monument stands.

The 1st Battalion and part of the 3rd Lt. Col. A.W. Preston commanding were ordered to the support of the 2nd moved northerly to the Slyder house turned into the lane and struck Law's Brigade in the flank the onset was terrific sabres and bayonets revolvers and muskets being freely used after a struggle the hill was carried by the 1st Vermont and the prisoners captured sent to the rear.

The three battalions united soon came under the fire of the 4th Alabama Infantry and presently of the 9th Georgia Infantry finding no exit to the south they turned to the east and charged the 15th Alabama Infantry which answered a summons to surrender by a destructive musketry fire. Those unhurt escaping mostly to the south.

This memorial signalizes the valor of the officers and the men of the First Vermont Cavalry who here paid to the nation the uttermost tribute of devotion."

Shackleton Museum
The Ernest Shackleton Museum is dedicated to the life and discoveries of explorer, Ernest Shackleton. The opening page tells you the story of Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole and leaves out no detail. Excerpts from articles and news associated with Shackleton are presented as well. This page is where you can also learn about the museum itself, read the news related articles in their entirety, browse a photo gallery, and access the museum's complete archives.
Topic: Shackleton, Ernest Henry,--Sir,--1874-1922 Language: English Lexile: 1430 http://www.shackletonmuseum.com


The Statue of Liberty: History and Culture
The magnificent Statue of Liberty is not only one of America's most recognized national monuments but also a symbol of her ideals; freedom, democracy and international friendship. The statue, that was a gift from France to America on her hundredth birthday, arrived in three hundred fifty pieces. Find out more about the history of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and take a look at the photos. This site created by the national Park Service provides information for visitors about park tours, services, and museum exhibits.
Topic: National monuments Language: English Lexile: 1070 http://www.nps.gov

Animal War Heroes Statue Unveiled
Eight million horses died during World War I. Thousands of pigeons were sent into enemy territory in World War II, and few returned. Dogs continue to be used to search for mines and survivors. Animals served and died alongside humans in wars. Learn about dogs and pigeons that continued their life-saving work in spite of injuries, and horses that faced their fear of bombs and fire. Mules had their vocal cords cut so that they could deliver supplies noiselessly in the jungle.
Topic: World War I Language: English Lexile: 1220 News Source  http://news.bbc.co.uk

The New England Holocaust Memorial

They came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

---Martin Niemoeller

Medal of Honor
The Center of Military History for the United States Army presents this valuable Web site on the Medal of Honor. Since 1861, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to Unites States Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen for acts of bravery and service for their country. This Online archive provides the names of the recipients for each war. A few wars listed in this archive include: Civil War, Indian War Campaigns, War with Spain, World War I, World War II, and Korean War.
Topic: Medals Language: English Lexile: 1030 http://www.army.mil