Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument – Blunts Point

 

Blunts Point in American Samoa

Blunts Point in American Samoa

 

This naval gun is from 1941 during World War II. It is a reminder of the time when the Samoan islands were split up into the Eastern Samoan islands and the Western Samoan islands.  The Eastern Samoan islands went under America therefore receiving the name American Samoa. During that time, Tutuila was used as a training ground for the US Marines. According to  a Samoa News article, “The guns at Blunts Point are special, in that one of them is listed on the National Register of Historic Places while the other one has earned recognition as a national historic landmark.” Not bad for my small rock, Tutuila, mostly known as American Samoa. 

Even though the guns (second one not pictured) are the monuments, the view of American Samoa’s waters and beautiful landscape (like the view above) from Blunts Point is even greater than these national historic relics. If it’s not already obvious as to why I think the view is monumental, I will break it down for you. Although it’s not something made by man, I believe there’s a God who creates these beautiful scenes on a daily basis. The true author of creativity and all things monumental in this world like Mt. Everest for example. In my island, it’s Mt. Matafao. In this photo, the monument involves the beautiful blue ocean that is backed by luscious green mountains and “Fatu” the sea stack from one of my previous blog posts, which you can find by clicking Standing Strong (inspired by Fatu ma Futi). Monuments are for commemorating. Every time I see this view, I am reminded of a God full of creativity and beauty just as much as I commemorate my island’s initial journey into becoming American Samoa whenever I hike up to these tangible historic monuments.

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Honor

A simple thank you to all those who selflessly & courageously fight for American rights and freedoms.

A simple thank you to all those who selflessly & courageously fight for American rights and freedoms.

Words are inadequate when it comes to giving honor to where it’s due. The whole reason Christians honor God is because of the fact He sent His one & only Son to come and die on the cross for the sins of the world. The same goes for these freedom fighters. The reason they receive so much honor is because of their willingness to serve this country with their lives.

I always use to think of the military as just another job outlet. After going months or even years without seeing some of my family members because of their choice to go into the military, I realized its more than just a job. These people have families and friends they go for long periods of time without seeing. They sacrifice being in the comforts of their own homes and being a part of their communities to go out and fight on behalf of those they love and those they don’t even know. A lot of these men and women miss out on time with their children  and significant others simply because they made a choice to give up their lives to the United States of America.

Here’s to all those veterans that have sacrificed their lives and time so we can enjoy ours. Thank you for your service. God bless each and every one of you and your families.