Part 3: What Are American Symbols and What Do They Stand For?
Jan 03, 2023
America has so many symbols that have been used throughout history. Many of which are still relevant today. So far we’ve discussed symbols such as the American flag, Uncle Sam, the Liberty Bell, and the Statue of Liberty. As we draw our American symbols article series to a close, we are wrapping up with the North American Bison, the Lincoln Memorial, and the United States Capitol.
The North American Bison
Although it was not declared the official National Mammal until May 2016, the North American Bison has been a part of American history for many years, symbolizing America’s pioneer spirit. After a huge population dwindle in the 1800s nearly left the bison extinct, the American Bison Society was formed to help save the species.
Today over 30,000 bison roam America, with the majority in Yellowstone National Park. In April of 2016, Congress passed the National Bison Legacy Act, which made the bison a U.S. symbol of resilience, unity, and healthy landscapes and communities. It also recognizes the economic, cultural, and historical importance of the North American Bison.
The Lincoln Memorial
Located in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Memorial is composed of three different areas, although the most well-known area is the 19 foot statue of the president himself. This vast statue represents President Lincoln’s strong leadership and compassion during one of our country’s greatest times of turmoil.
The Gettysburg Address and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural speeches displayed in the monument both depict his unwavering fight for freedom and equality in our country, as well as compassion for those in the southern states, “with malice towards none; charity for all."
Just above the speeches are two murals in which the angel of truth is depicted with recently freed slaves. Together, these areas show Lincoln’s commitment to equality in the United States and remain a symbol of racial justice in our country today.
The United States Capitol Building
This building is one of the most recognized buildings in Washington, D.C. apart from the White House. Standing at just shy of 300 feet atop a hill, it can be seen from almost anywhere in D.C. The capitol acts as an important piece of our history. As the meeting place for our legislative branch of government, it represents the American people and our great democratic government. Our great leaders have met here for over 200 years debating and passing laws, inaugurating presidents, giving State of the Union addresses, and so much more. It is clear why this is such a powerful symbol in our history.
With so many symbols across our history, it’s hard to choose just one that stands out as a favorite. However, we are of course, partial to the American flag. We feel this symbol encompasses all of the strengths, values, and virtues our great country stands for. You can display this great symbol for our country and all it stands for by purchasing a Real American flag, 100% made in America.