Landmarks & Symbols of the United States

Building monuments to commemorate important events is actually a biblical concept. Whenever the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) were delivered from evil by, or simply met with, God, they often erected an altar in His name afterward. Monument-building is a way of making historical moments permanent, and ensuring future generations will remember what they ought to remember.

U.S. Americans have never balked at using religious language to describe their nation, or at borrowing Christian ideas and practices and constructing from them a civil religion. We have a lot of monuments, most of them homages to the birth of our country or American participation in foreign wars, and some of them have become synonymous with freedom and personal liberty.

Because some misuse or attribute to much importance to them isn't a reason to reject national monuments. They bring us together as citizens, and remind us of the virtues necessary to form and maintain a strong people. The Lincoln Memorial, for example, helps us remember those who died in the name of liberty; the Washington Monument speaks of nobility, strength, and unity of purpose.

Not all the American symbols are monuments; probably the most universal and easily-recognized is the American flag. While we need to be careful not to honor the flag or what it represents beyond what is proper, having a visual reminder of our diverse nation's ultimate unity and humble origins is not only helpful but necessary. We are people of vision, and therefore we need to have something to physically turn toward in the name of solidarity.

For Christians, of course, the ultimate symbol is the Cross of Christ. It's important to remember that the Cross and the American flag do not go hand-in-hand; the flag doesn't save anyone, but faith in Christ does. Trying to conflate the two, as though God has a special place in His heart for the U.S. or our country is somehow a united advocate of the Gospel is dangerous business.

However, those of us who live in the United States and are Christians do have a responsibility both to the Cross and the flag. As Jesus said, render to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's—we owe Christ everything including our very lives; we owe the state only our loyalty and support as citizens as long as the state is not forcing us to deny Christ or disobey His Law. As long as this hierarchy is maintained, we can celebrate American symbols without qualms of conscience.

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America is....
by Louise W. Borden, illustrated by Stacey Schuett
from Margaret K. McElderry Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
America's National Battlefield Parks
by Joseph E. Stevens
from University of Oklahoma Press
for 9th-Adult
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
America: A Patriotic Primer
by Lynne Cheney
from Simon and Schuster
for Preschool-2nd grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISA-REF)
$5.00 (2 in stock)
America: A Patriotic Primer
by Lynne Cheney
from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISA-REF)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Betsy Ross and the Flag
Landmark #26
by Jane Mayer
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage & Collectible (Location: VIN-COL)
Boston
from Crescent Books
for 4th-Adult
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Bringing Back the Wolves
by Jude Isabella; illustrated by Kim Smith
from Kids Can Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Ecology (Location: SCI-ECO)
Brooklyn Bridge
by Lynn Curlee
from Atheneum
for 3rd-6th grade
in Architecture and Sculpture (Location: ELE-ARC)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Building Liberty
from National Geographic
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Capital
1st edition from Atheneum
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Children of Mount Vernon
by Miriam Anne Bourne, illustrated by Gloria Kamen
from Doubleday & Company
for 2nd-5th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Copper Lady
On My Own History
by Alice Ross, Kent Ross
from First Avenue Editions
for 2nd-5th grade
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Ellis Island
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Face to Face with Mount Rushmore
by Jean L.S. Patrick
1st edition
for 4th-8th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Flag Book of the United States
by Whitney Smith
Revised Edition from William Morrow & Company
for 8th-Adult
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$8.00 (1 in stock)
Fort McHenry
Let's Celebrate America
by Joanne Mattern
from Red Chair Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Gateway Arch
Let's Celebrate America
by Joanne Mattern
from Red Chair Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Glorious Old Relic
First Edition
for 5th-9th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Gonna Sing My Head Off
by Kathleen Krull
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
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$3.00 (2 in stock)
Gonna Sing My Head Off
by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Allen Garns
First Printing from Scholastic Reference
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Music Education & Reference (Location: ELE-MUSREF)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Grand Canyon
Let's Celebrate America
by Joanne Mattern
from Red Chair Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Grand Canyon and the Southwest
by Ansel Adams
1st edition from Little, Brown & Company
for 7th-Adult
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Historic American Landmarks - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.99
Historic Williamsburg
Let's Celebrate America
by Joanne Mattern
from Red Chair Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
History Songs with CD
Audio Memory CDs
by Larry Troxel
from Audio Memory
for 2nd-6th grade
in American History Reference (Location: HISA-REF)
$15.95
I Pledge Allegiance
by June Swanson
2nd edition from Carolrhoda Books, Inc.
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Incredible Grand Canyon
by Scott Thybony
from Grand Canyon Association
for 3rd-8th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Johnny Appleseed
by Reeve Lindbergh
from Little, Brown & Company
Poetry for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$8.99
Lady Liberty: A Biography
by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Matt Tavares
from Candlewick Press
for 1st-4th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.50 (2 in stock)
Liberty
by Lynn Curlee
from Atheneum
for 4th-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Liberty
by Lynn Curlee
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Liberty Bell
Primary Sources of American Symbols
by Jennifer Silate
1st edition from PowerKids Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Liberty Bell
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Lighthouses of America
by Mina Lewiton, Illustrated by Howard Simon
from E.M. Hale and Company
for 4th-7th grade
in Nautical History (Location: HISV-NAUT)
$12.50 (1 in stock)
Monuments Past & Present: Italy
by Giorgia Kapatsoris
from J. Paul Getty Museum
for 4th-8th grade
in Ancient Rome (Location: HISW-ANRO)
$19.00
Mount Rushmore
Let's Celebrate America
by Joanne Mattern
from Red Chair Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
National Archives
by R. Conrad Stein
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$8.95
National Parks
by Erin McHugh, illustrated by Neal Aspinall, Doug Leen, and Brian Maebius
from Black Dog & Leventhal
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
National Parks of the USA
by Kate Siber, Illustrated by Chris Turnham
from Wide Eyed Editions
for 2nd-Adult
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$30.00
National Parks of the USA - Activity Book
by Claire Grace; inspired by the book by Kate Siber, illustrated by Chris Turnham
from Quarto Publishing
for 2nd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$10.99
New York: The Story of the World's Most Exciting City
Landmark Giant #19
by Bruce Bliven
from Random House
for 4th-8th grade
in Landmark Giants (Location: VIN-LAN)
On the Day the Tall Ships Sailed
by Betty and Michael Paraskevas
from Simon and Schuster
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Our Historic Desert
by Diana Elaine Lindsay
First Edition from Copley Books
for 5th-Adult
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Our Sacred Honor
by William J. Bennett
from Broadman & Holman
for 9th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Pledge of Allegiance
by Scholastic, Scholastic Inc.
Cmv from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Pledge of Allegiance in Translation
by Elizabeth, Raum
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Real Book About Historic Places of America
by Nelson Beecher Keyes
from Garden City Books
for 5th-8th grade
in Vintage Nonfiction (Location: VIN-NFIC)
Red, White, and Blue
An All Aboard Reading Reader Level 3
by John Herman
from Grosset & Dunlap
$4.99 $2.50 (3 in stock)
Rushmore
by Lynn Curlee
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Rushmore
by Lynn Curlee
from Scholastic Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
Save Our History: National World War II Memorial - Teacher's Manual
from History Channel
for 4th-12th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Sentinel of the Seas
by Dennis M. Powers
1st edition from Citadel Press
for Adult
in Nautical History (Location: HISV-NAUT)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Seven Wonders of the World
by Ron Tagliapietra
from Bob Jones University Press
for 8th-Adult
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$12.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Star-Spangled Banner in Translation
by Elizabeth, Raum
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$7.95 $4.00 (1 in stock)
Statue of Liberty
by Jennifer Silate
from PowerKids Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Statue of Liberty
by L. E. Bond
3rd edition from Albion Publishing Group
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Story of Arlington National Cemetery
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein & Richard Wahl
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Arlington National Cemetery
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Arlington National Cemetery
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein & Richard Wahl
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Monticello
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Norman Richards
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Monticello
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Norman Richards, Illustrated by Chuck Mitchell
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Story of Mount Rushmore
by Marilyn Prolman & Phil Austin
from Children's Press
for 1st-4th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Story of Mount Rushmore
by Marilyn Prolman
from Children's Press
for 1st-4th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Mount Vernon
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natalie Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Old Glory
by Albert I. Mayer
from Children's Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Story of Old Glory
by Albert I. Mayer
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of Our Flag
by Harry Knill
2nd edition from Bellerophon Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
Story of the Brooklyn Bridge
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Zachary Kent
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Capitol
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Marilyn Prolman
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Story of the Capitol
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Andrew Santella
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Capitol
by Marilyn Prolman & Bob O'Malley
from Children's Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Story of the Library of Congress
Cornerstones of Freedom series
by Gail Sakurai
from Scholastic Inc.
Non-fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Lincoln Memorial
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natalie Miller
from Unknown Publisher
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Story of the Smithsonian Institution
Cornerstones of Freedom
by R. Conrad Stein
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Cornerstones of Freedom
by David K. Wright
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the Vietnam Women's Memorial
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Deborah Kent
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natali Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Deborah Kent
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
Story of the White House
Cornerstones of Freedom
by Natalie Miller
from Children's Press
for 4th-6th Grade
in Cornerstones of Freedom (Location: VIN-CORN)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Story of the White House
by Kate Waters
from Scholastic Inc.
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
Stratford Hall Plantation
by Richard Cheek
for 7th-Adult
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (2 in stock)
The Wall
by Eve Bunting
Reissue from HMH Books for Young Readers
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Vietnam War (1957-1975) (Location: HISA-20VIE)
Timeline of the White House
Timelines of American History
by Lisa Modifica
1st edition from Rosen Central
for 3rd-6th grade
in Clearance: History & Geography (Location: ZCLE-HIS)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
United States Capitol
from Unknown Publisher
for 5th-8th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Usborne Flags Sticker Book
Spotter's Guides Sticker Books
by Lisa Miles
from Usborne
for 3rd-7th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$8.99
Very Washington DC
by Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
from Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
for 3rd-Adult
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Washington National Cathedral
for 3rd-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Washington, D.C.: The Story of Our Nation's Capital
Landmark Giant #13
by Howard K. Smith
from Random House
for 4th-8th grade
in Landmark Giants (Location: VIN-LAN)
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
by Emilie U. Lepthien
from Children's Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Wee Sing America - Book and CD
by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp
from Price Stern Sloan
for Preschool-3rd grade
in Wee Sing (Location: PRE-WEE)
$10.99 $7.00 (2 in stock)
White House
by Hal Marcovitz
from Mason Crest Publishers
for 4th-6th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
White House
from Holiday House
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
White House is Burning
by Jane Sutcliffe
from Charlesbridge
for 6th-10th grade
in War of 1812 (Location: HISA-19WET)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Why is the White House White?
by Peter & Connie Roop
from Scholastic Inc.
for 2nd-4th grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Wild in the City
by Michael C. Houck, M. J. Cody
2nd ed. from Oregon State University Press
for Adult
in Pacific Northwest (Location: HISA-PNW)
$22.50
Wildlife Portfolio of the Western National Parks
by Joseph S. Dixon
from United States Government Printing Office
for 3rd-Adult
in Vintage Nonfiction (Location: VIN-NFIC)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Wonders of the World - Coloring Book
Dover Coloring Books
by A. G. Smith
from Dover Publications
for 2nd-6th grade
in Dover Coloring Books (Location: COL-DOV)
$3.99 $2.50 (1 in stock)
Woodrow for President
by Peter W. Barnes & Cheryl Shaw Barnes
from VSP Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in American Presidency (Location: HISA-PRE)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Woodrow, the White House Mouse
by Peter W. Barnes & Cheryl Shaw Barnes
from Scholastic Inc.
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Landmarks & Symbols of the United States (Location: HISA-LAND)
$3.00 (2 in stock)
World Famous Landmarks
by Cynthia Adams
from Instructional Fair
for 4th-6th grade
in International Landmarks & Symbols (Location: HISV-LANINT)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
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