"Mt. Rushmore - South Dakota" South Dakota by LizC

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< Mt. Rushmore National Memorial 6/29/01 >

It's the furthest point and main purpose of our driving trip from California, we are somewhat disappointed by the size of the sculptures and the Evening Lighting Ceremony. Some how we envisioned much larger Sculptures. The ceremony could be and should be a moving experience for the solemn memorial, these four greatest presidents of our country well deserve a better written script and more professional delivery.

For people from all over the world who traveled long distance to get to this quite out of the way memorial, then take another trip back to the memorial in the evening in order to pay tribute to these four great men in the lighting ceremony, the lighting got to be bright enough to be able to see the sculpture clearly.

Since my trip, each and every time I drove by those fully lighted bright as day local community sports fields (many times not a soul there), I can't help but wondering it shouldn't be so hard to light up the sculptures for a short ceremony at Mt. Rushmore.

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