We truly worship our heroes! One of the major ways to show our adoration is to immortalize these men or women with a statue or monument. Thus, travelers find these monuments all over the world, especially in tourist destinations where the people of the country can insure maximum exposure.
Here are some of these tributes and their locations.
Washington DC is, of course, one of the obvious places since the entire city seems to be a shrine to American History. Thus we have the Washington Monument, dedicated to the “Father of our Country,”
the Lincoln Memorial, praising one of America’s most beloved presidents,
the Jefferson Memorial, immortalizing the author of the Declaration of Independence,
and many others.
In Massachusetts, President John F Kennedy has quite a few tributes to his popularity. One of these can be found at the Kennedy Museum, in Hyannis, where the family lived for many years.
In San Diego, California, the city’s founder, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, is remembered by a statue which overlooks the city.
In North Carolina, we revere the Wright Brothers who were among the first to fly.
At the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, we remember our Astronauts.
Look at all the Buddha statues, like this one in Hong Kong.
and this one in Bangkok
Elsewhere, look at this monument to Victor Emmanuel, who united Italy in the early 20th century.
In Scotland, the national hero is William Wallace, and his monument is dramatic and tall.