Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank the president for creating and ensuring the protection of five new national monuments across the United States
Recently, President Obama has added five new sites to a list of over one hundred national monuments in the United States. The five new national monuments range from Delaware to Washington, marking places of historical significance and natural beauty. Among them are the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument of New Mexico, a magnificent, 200-foot-deep canyon, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, Delaware’s historic, three-part First State National Monument, the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington, and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio which commemorates the first African American to obtain the rank of Colonel in the United States Army. Each of these sites, whether historical, natural or both, tell an important piece of American history.
The Antiquities Act of 1906 allows the president to proclaim certain areas considered to be “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures, and other objects of historic or scientific interest” as national monuments. This ensures that these areas are protected without having to wait for Congress to pass the necessary bills to preserve these valuable areas. Furthermore, by creating national monuments, the president actually allows congress the opportunity to then designate these spaces as national parks, facilitating the process of preservation. In fact, almost half of the national parks that currently exist in the United States began as national monuments.
By creating five new national monuments, President Obama has ensured the preservation of five areas that have played a key role in the history of the United States, protecting the natural flora, fauna, formations and manmade structures of America’s past. Furthermore, the creation of national monuments has historically helped stimulate local economies by bringing tourism to the area. Thus, these new monuments will provide economic value as well as intrinsic and historical importance. And, as President Obama has stated, “by designating these national monuments today, we will ensure they will continue to inspire and be enjoyed by generations of Americans to come.” Thank the president for creating these five new national monuments and for his efforts to preserve American history.
Dear President Obama,
By creating five new national monuments across the United States, you have worked toward preserving valuable pieces of America’s history. These five monuments, the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland, the First State National Monument in Delaware, and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio all represent a different, distinct part of America’s past. By ensuring their protection, you have worked towards preserving our history as a nation, as well as enabling the protection of valuable natural spaces from human development. Furthermore, these national monuments, while intrinsically valuable, are important factors in helping local economies to flourish.
Thank you for creating these five new national monuments, and for placing a distinct importance on the history of our country, and its value for future generations. Please continue to protect America’s natural and historical spaces as national monuments.
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