National Treasures

Where does one begin to list, what dazzles the eye?  I’ve decided to share, what’s personal to me, on this up and coming Independence Day…2016

images-2 The Statue of Liberty…our most famous national monument given to us by France in 1886, remains an enduring symbol of freedom, not just to me, but to the whole world.  Like my mother told me as a kid, “she’s always home in the harbor to greet you if you need a friend, or to be reminded how lucky you are to live, in The United of America.”

images-6 The United States Capitol…where the steadfast 114th Congress dutifully meets. Built in 1793, its cornerstone laid by George Washington himself, half completed when the War of 1812 left it in ruins, to be rebuilt and restored to how it majestically stands today.

Abraham Lincoln, its dome incomplete at the onset of the Civil War, ordered the work to continue as a symbol, the Union would prevail.

images-8 Social Security…sired and signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 14th, 1935, to implement social insurance during the great depression of the 1930s, when poverty rates of senior citizens was more than 50 percent, still an American grace, 81 years later.

images The Brooklyn Bridge…often called the 8th Wonder of the World, Liberty’s neighbor right across the harbor, built in 1883 still a showstopper whenever she comes in to view.  Yes, I believe it’s a she, the way her cables, maternally, reach out, warmly welcoming with outstretched arms.

images-9 Mount Rushmore…George, Tom, Teddy and Abe  carved in granite, like beacons, in South Dakota, by Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum 1925, remind us what great leadership we’ve had in the past, hoping to inspire those in the present.

Hillary, Donnie, did you hear that?

images-4 Ken Burns…(1953-) by far, our greatest historical filmmaker…an enlightened educator honoring our noble history whose greatest hits rival the Beatles.

“You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”  Ken Burns.

images-1 Arlington National Cemetery…cemeteries, like libraries, can be used to teach us about our heritage.  Arlington, not always a cemetery, but the home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and his family, was dedicated as such, on November 19, 1863, during the American Civil War by Abraham Lincoln.

To walk its paths, home to so many of our heroes swells one’s heart, blatantly proud, to be simply called an American.

thomas-jefferson-john-adamsThomas Jefferson and John Adams…our second and third Presidents both died, the Fourth of July, 1826 on the 50th Anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence.

Adam’s last words were…“Jefferson Lives”…but Tom, unbeknownst to his best pal John, had already taken flight moments before.

Happy 4th everyone.







About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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34 Responses to National Treasures

  1. Rob says:

    The USA is undoubtedly a great nation, with so much to be proud of.
    Following rejection of the EU by the idiots here, maybe we can be your 52nd state? 🤔

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Great list, Susannah. I’m repeating the info you provided about Jefferson and Adams on my Facebook. Thanks.

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  3. Sweet and appropriate for the holiday!

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  4. Hal Rubenstein says:

    Beautiful! Except for the steadfast congress, what a political hack job they do. They should meet in the middle of the ocean in a leaky raft HR

    Sent from my iPhone


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  5. Hal says:

    Impossible! They only care about themselves period !

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  6. A happy 4th of July to you Susannah! ‘o)

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  7. You’re lucky to live in New York near so many of those national treasures, including Ken Burns. I’m only 12 hours’ drive from Mt. Rushmore, although I don’t think that counts as next door. I hope you have a good holiday. Yesterday was Canada Day, but of course, I didn’t get the day off work. 🙂


  8. I LOVE your history lessons! Happy 4th to you!
    I’m here calming Peanut’s nerves from the firework displays being put on by the drunken, wanna be, amateur pyrotechnic teams in my neighborhood. Let Freedom Ring!


  9. Thanks for sharing. It’s September, but still fun to read through. I love the John Adams/Thomas Jefferson “frenemies” relationship. I focused a piece on their battles for the presidency. They contributed a lot to our country and gave us plenty of humorous campaign anecdotes.


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