The Monumen Washington is an obelisk in the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It is built to honor George Washington, who is considered by many to be the first US President. Washington served two terms as President of the United States and was elected following the war of 1776. Washington was born in New Jersey but moved to Virginia when he was about six years old. He attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a degree in mathematics, but later worked as a soldier during the French and Indian Wars.
Washington joined the Army and was promoted to second class quartermaster. It was then that he began to display brilliance and leadership, winning the respect and admiration of his superiors, among them his commanding officer, General George Washington. After the war was over, he went into business with an abrasive entrepreneur, Jonathan Ridgway, whom Washington disliked. Washington quit that business and began a new one in the state of Maryland, at Fensomville. The Monumen Washington has its origins in a very rocky marriage for Washington.
When Washington became the new President of the United States, he included among his cabinet members some men from Fensomville. These men became known as the Monumen Washington, which translates into ‘monument of honor.’ The origin of this name may have been derived from a story of a well-known battle fought by Washington and his troops during the Revolutionary War. As the soldiers were preparing to attack a British troop in what they perceived to be a trap, Washington ordered his men to put on bandages. One of these men, John Sullivan, Jr., was particularly fond of washing vegetables, hence the origin of the epithet ‘monument of honor.’
The term Monument of honor, in addition to referring to Washington’s military achievements, has been used in other contexts. For instance, when the term ‘monument’ is used to refer to a historical monument or a building that symbolizes a noteworthy event, such as the winning of a major championship sport, it is not necessarily intended to imply glorification of war. On the other hand, in Indonesian, ‘modulus est telum,’ literally ‘a monument for war,’ is used to connote victory. Similarly, ‘peringatan kuda’ means ‘wreath of victory’ in Spanish, while ‘perinatal ‘initiated by triumph’ is a common phrase in Tahitian. In modern times, monuments in Latin America are called by various names such as the’Pillar of Justice,’ the ‘Tears of Truth,’ the ‘Grandstand,’ and’gazing balustrade.’
Another example is when the Monumen Washington is referred to as the Peristalbesan Washinton. This refers to the pedestal on which he sat and where the first President of the United States sat when taking his oath of office. These words are not commonly used today, although in early American history they were, including the very first Presidents of the United States, George Washington and James K. Polk. However, the phrase was used in 1776 by the leader of the Barbadian colony, Sir Walter Rittenhouse. He is believed to have meant that Washington could not be trusted because of his being “so perceptive.”
Other early citations include the phrase from the book of Acts of Apostles, where it is said that when the twelve apostles went forth into the field to preach the gospel, they received many gifts from both men and God. Among those gifts, there was a stick of Cyprus that was kept by them as a great ornament. That Cyprus had been carried by Washington to the spot where he sat upon his peristaltic chair. Monumen Washington is considered to be the patron saint of all American presidents, just as our country has become the patron saint of every other nation on earth that has its own government.