A short distance from Rapid City, South Dakota lies one of America’s most popular monuments.  Not just a monument, but a symbol that represents the pioneering spirit and innovative thinking that creates wonders.

Deep within the Black Hills territory of South Dakota sits an immortal picture of past  leadership from this country.  Mount Rushmore, or what many people commonly refer to as, the President’s Mountain which has been a leading symbol of inspiration for over 70 years, attracting people from all over the world.  Mount Rushmore was simply a dream, an idea that could possibly attract people to the South Dakota region.  The creator, Doane Robinson, along with sculptor Gutzon Borglum would never realize that their project would one day capture the attention of the world.

The immortal images of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were carved in history and continue to display a testament to the human aspect of inspiration, determination and persistence.

However, for some people, gazing upon the monument is nothing more than staring at a painting or even a portrait at a museum.  In fact, visiting the panoramic location can be boring, if you experience nothing past the images themselves.  After all, they are only the faces of past president’s who once led this great country of ours.  But, what does the monument actually represent?

For example, Washington who sits at the forefront of the monument represents the first President of the United States.  That’s probably what most people will think as they gaze upon the carvings in the mountainside.  Guess what, they’re right.  Yet, Washington represents more than just the devotion and service to his country.  He represented leadership from all different angles.  While there is definitely no doubt that his leadership shined as a brilliant commander (and some will continue to argue this point).  What made Washington brilliant was his determination to gather people who were considered to be smarter than himself.  He surrounded himself with individuals who possessed the necessary skills and knowledge that he lacked.  A true leader who realized his weaknesses and pushed forward by capitalizing on the experience of others.

Of course, let’s not forget the other images represented at Mount Rushmore, as they all bare witness to the struggles and triumphs in our country’s history.  While the images of the past can represent many different things to many people.  The important thing to remember is to look beyond what is in front of you.  There’s always more things present, more to learn and more to discover!

“I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow.”
Woodrow Wilson

Happy President’s Day…..