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Reflections on Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Reflections on Mount Rushmore National Memorial

What's been said about Mount Rushmore National Memorial

"Hence, let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and the rain alone shall wear them away."

— Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum

"The union of these four presidents carved on the face of the everlasting hills of South Dakota will constitute a distinctly national monument. It will be decidedly American in its conception, in its magnitude, in its meaning and altogether worthy of our country. No one can look upon it understandingly without realizing that it is a picture of hope fulfilled ... the people of the future will see history and art combined to portray the spirit of patriotism."

— President Calvin Coolidge, dedication of site, 1927

"On many occasions, when a new project is presented to you on paper and then, later on, you see the accomplishment, you are disappointed: but it is just the opposite of that in what we are looking at now. I had seen the photographs: I had seen the drawings and I had talked with those who are responsible for this great work, and yet I had had no conception until about ten minutes ago not only of its magnitude but of its permanent beauty and of its permanent importance.

Mr. Borglum has well said that this can be a monument and an inspiration for the continuance of the democratic-republican form of government, not only in our own beloved country, but, we hope, throughout the world."

President Franklin D. Roosevelt, at dedication of Lincoln's face, 1936

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