April 18 - International Day for Monuments and Sites

Posted on April 18, 2020

Normally, on International Day for Monuments and Sites, many people organize events located at monuments and heritage sites to raise awareness of important issues, celebrate the creation of the monument/site, or even to encourage local tourism. 

However, 2020 is not "normal," and people are canceling rather than planning events. During a global pandemic, we don't want to encourage tourism.

But how about visiting monuments and historic sites virtually? Check this website for ideas (you can scroll down to "How to Participate Virtually" - but reading the part about shared heritage and responsibility is excellent, too!).

Of all the monuments and historic sites I have visited, here are some of my favorites:

The Vietnam Memorial, by Maya Lin, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom

Tikal, Guatemala

Cloud Gate (aka "The Bean"), Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, Washington, D.C., U.S. 

I would love to see some more amazing monuments and historic sites - like Petra, in Jordan; Machu Picchu, in Peru; and Angkor Wat, in Cambodia. Maybe I will try to virtually visit them today!

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