What the monument looks like
Bob Everson (everson@ADDL.PURDUE.EDU)
Thu, 21 Mar 1996 13:06:45 +22300454
To comment on Bruce's comment about not knowing what it looked like
a few months later. I should have described the monument for those
who haven't seen it or so they might know what to look for.
>From the Feb '65 Scouting magazine.
There is a Boy Scout with a walking stick in his left hand (hiking?)
Behind him are the figures of a man and a woman. The man appears to be
bare chested and bare footed (is that a word?) and holding something
in the crook of his left elbow. The woman is wearing a toga like
garment with a flame coming up from her raised left forearm (not
quite a Statue of Liberty pose though). The symbolism of the statue
according to the article is:
"The Boy Scout, aware of his fellowship with Scouts around the world and
symbolic of all Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Explorers striding into the
future, represents their hope that all is fine in our nation's past will
continue to live in future generations.
The man and woman represent the sum of the great ideals of past civilizations,
developed through the centuries and now at best is delivered by American
manhood and womanhood to the present; generations.
The male figure symbolizes love of country, citizenship, patrotism, loyalty,
honor, integrity, courage, clean living, and physical development.
The female figure symbolizes the spiritual quality of good citizenship-
enlightenment with the light of faith, love of God, high ideals, liberty,
freedom, democracy, love of humanity, lighting the way."
[I don't get Scouting magazine and am inactive in Scouting at present-
until 5yr old grandson starts Cubs- but- maybe if anyone on the Scouting
magazine staff reads this list- they might rerun a story on the monument??]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City