“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Your American Heritage Monument

Your American Heritage Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 3, 2013
1. Your American Heritage Monument Marker
Inscription.  The purpose of this monument is to forever stand as a tribute to our nation's Founding Fathers who created the two most important documents that laid the foundation of our country: the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. This monument also honors our nation's veterans, who from the time of George Washington, when that first Minuteman fired "The Shot Heard 'Round the World" (which echo still rings of freedom), have forged the fiber that has been woven into the fabric of our country and whose continued sacrifice have helped keep our nation free, united and strong.

History Of Our Nation's Founding Fathers
On July 2nd, 1776 in the city of Philadelphia, the 56 delegates from the thirteen colonies to the 2nd Continental Congress, after days of debate and revision, formally voted for independence from Great Britain declaring The United Colonies free and independent states. The final form of the document was adopted two days later on July 4th as The Declaration of Independence. In the weeks that followed, all of the 56 delegates signed their names to the document. By their signatures they committed an act of
A Warning image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 3, 2013
2. A Warning
"A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever." - John Adams, 1775
treason for which they could have been put to death. However, their brave action also set in motion a series of events that created a new nation - The United States of America. It is, therefore, fitting that they will forever be honored as our nation's founding fathers.

The Founding Fathers, What Kind Of Men Were They?
With the exception of Benjamin Franklin, these were not old men. Eighteen were under 40 years old and three were in their 20s. They were soft-spoken men of means and education. Twenty five were lawyers or jurists. Eleven were merchants. Nine were farmers or large plantation owners and another nine were doctors, ministers and politicians. One was a teacher, one a musician and one a painter.

George Washington
The "Father of our Country", General and Commander in Chief of Colonial Armies in the Revolutionary War, first President of the United States (1789-1797)
"I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

Thomas Jefferson
Principal author of the Declaration of Independence, second Vice President, third President of the United States (1801-1809), founder of the University of Virginia.
"The will of the people is the only legitimate foundation of any government, and to protect its free
History of the Constitution of the United States of America image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 3, 2013
3. History of the Constitution of the United States of America
Following the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 our young nation continued to be enmeshed in an eight year war for independence with Great Britain, at that time the world’s most powerful land and sea force. Major hostilities ended with the British surrender at the Battle of Yorktown on October 19, 1781. Two years later, on September 3, 1783, Great Britain formally recognized the Colonists’ independence with the signing of the Treaty of Paris and war officially ended.

The time was now ripe for this newly independent nation to convene a Constitutional Convention of the 13 original colonies. It was held from May 25 to September 17, 1787 in the city of Philadelphia to revise the unwieldy Articles of Confederation and to draft a new document which would set forth how the young nation would be governed. The document was subsequently ratified and adopted on June 21, 1788 with the approval of New Hampshire and became officially The Constitution of the United States of America
From that day forward, it has been the Supreme Law of the Land.

(The preamble and a description of the Articles of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights and several other of the Amendments follows. Click on photo to enlarge and to read the text or follow the link on this page to the National Archives site.)
expressions should be our first object."

John Adams
Co-author of the Declaration of Independence, served twice as Vice President, second President of the United States (1797-1801).
"Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people."
"Always stand on principle...even if you stand alone."

Benjamin Franklin
Helped draft the Declaration of Independence, first ambassador to France, negotiated "Treaty of Paris" ending the Revolutionary War, founded the University of Pennsylvania, inventor.
"They who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
"Honesty is the best policy."

Samuel Adams
Recognized as the "Father of the American Revolution", signer of the Declaration of Independence, Governor of Massachusetts (1793-1797).
"Among the natural rights of the Colonists are these: First, a right to life; secondly, to liberty; thirdly, to property; together with the right to support and defend them in the best manner they can."

James Madison
Secretary of State under Thomas Jefferson, Father of the U.S. Constitution, sponsored the Bill of Rights, fourth President of the United States (1809-1817).
"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made of
History of The Declaration of Independence image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 3, 2013
4. History of The Declaration of Independence
Nations come into being in many ways. Military rebellion, civil strife, acts of heroism, acts of treachery, a thousand greater and lesser clashes between defenders of the old order and supporters of the new -- all these occurrences and more have marked the emergences of new nations, large and small. The birth of our own nation included them all. That birth was unique, not only in the immensity of its later impact on the course of world history and the growth of democracy, but also because so many of the threads in our national history run back through time to come together in one place, in one time, and in one document:
The Declaration of Independence
(The complete text of the Declaration of Independence follows. Click on photo to enlarge and to read the text or follow the link on this page to the Archives site.)
their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood."

The Legacy Of The Founding Fathers
The United States of America is unrivaled in its success as a democracy. We have had only one form of government since the Constitution was ratified in 1788. Neither our closest allies nor our fiercest enemies have experienced the stability with which we have been blessed. This would not have happened, when or how it did, if it were not for the group of intelligent and dedicated men we call our "Founding Fathers."

It is fitting that this, "Your American Heritage Monument", be dedicated this July 2, 2013 in the City of Atascadero, California on the 237th anniversary of the birth of our nation when we became "The United States of America."

This monument is under the sponsorship of the local Vandenberg Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars whose charter is to promote patriotism, good citizenship, and to further patriotic education in the community.
Erected 2013 by The Military Order of the World Wars.
Topics and series. This historical marker monument is listed in these topic lists: Civil RightsColonial Era
Your American Heritage Monument image. Click for full size.
By James King, July 3, 2013
5. Your American Heritage Monument
The plaques are mounted at the base of the flag pole.
Patriots & Patriotism. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #02 John Adams, the Former U.S. Presidents: #03 Thomas Jefferson, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #04 James Madison series lists.
Location. 35° 29.26′ N, 120° 39.93′ W. Marker is in Atascadero, California, in San Luis Obispo County. Marker can be reached from El Camino Real near Mercedes Avenue (California Route 41), on the right when traveling north. The building complex is at the corner of Hwy 41 and El Camino Real. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atascadero CA 93422, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sunken Gardens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Atascadero Administration Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlton Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Faces of Freedom Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.8 miles away); Templeton Carriage Works (approx. 4.8 miles away); Museum Property / Horstman House (approx. 4.9 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atascadero.
More about this monument. The marker is across the driveway from the lobby of the Galaxy Theater
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. This page has been viewed 500 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 13, 2013, by James King of San Miguel, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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