As Americans, it is our responsibility to preserve the heritage that made this country what it is today. To keep these memories alive, steps must be taken to preserve national monuments, historical grounds, and people should be educated of their own heritage, tracing back their family blood lines.
The first step in preserving this country's heritage should be the preservation of our national monuments. I have visited Washington, D.C., and I've seen up close the awe-inspiring monuments in that city. I was struck dumb and was made incredibly reverent in the presence of such great works. My favorite was the Lincoln Memorial. Standing in front of that statue, I felt the greatness of a man who had done great things for this country. In signing the Emancipation Proclamation, that man changed history. It was an amazing feeling and I felt I needed to share it with people down the road. I feel that preserving such monuments is one of the things that keep this country together.
The next idea is the preservation of historic ground, such as battlefields and homes. In preserving these, people can experience the feeling of what was fought for on such grounds, and remember what made this country what it is today. It ties into the feeling with the monuments. Keeping them alive and experiencing their greatness helps hold our country together.
Lastly, I believe it is important for people to know their own heritage and to know what difference their family may have made on our country. I hate that I have not researched my own bloodlines thoroughly, but do know I'm of English descent on my father's side, and of Cherokee descent on my mother's side. Knowing where your family comes from is what makes people understand what it means to be American.
Together, these ideas can keep American heritage alive. People need to know what made this country what it I today, how their ancestors may have affected it, and remembering what made it great. Someone once said we must "look to the past, as we head for our future." I believe this saying makes a lot of sense. If we don't keep our heritage alive, we may fail to keep our heritage going in the future.