This month, over one thousand retired and former soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen signed a letter calling on President Trump to protect our national monuments, just as they are. My fellow veterans and I urge the President to ignore Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendations for shrinking them.
These monuments are the places where our proud American history—of our continent and our people—are preserved. These are the places where generations have ventured to experience the open skies, rolling prairies, rugged mountains, raging rivers and soaring trees. These are the places where we can connect with our friends, our families, and our past.
As we wrote President Trump, “The value of our public lands has been woven into the songs and stories of our nation since its founding, and we need your help to do our duty to preserve that greatness in honor of all who came before us and of the benefit of all who will come after.” We who served in the armed forces pledged to uphold The Constitution and the rights and freedoms which accompany it. Emblematic of these freedoms is a uniquely American birthright — the natural bounty we find on our public lands. We are all owners of this remarkable estate: public lands which house our national parks, our wilderness areas, our wild and scenic rivers, but especially our national monuments.
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