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Mount Rushmore Presidents to Speak at Bong Center on 4th

Baihly Warfield
Updated: July 03, 2019 06:21 PM

SUPERIOR, Wis. - On the 4th of July, the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center is offering the rare opportunity to hear from four presidents. 

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All of the U.S. leaders depicted on Mount Rushmore -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln -- will be at the Bong for presentations throughout the afternoon. 

Roosevelt and Jefferson arrived Wednesday afternoon.

"Just to your west is the Louisiana Territory, which I purchased for the United States. And that was probably one of the most significant actions of my presidency," Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States, said. 

Roosevelt said he likes this part of the country because he can escape the heat of Washington, and the people are friendly. 

"We are very, very fortunate to have a country as we have, where we can all have the recreational pursuits to go out in the wilderness to enjoy them, to be able to spend time together, to be able to celebrate the hard work that our forefathers have done," Roosevelt said. 

Both of the former presidents will present at the Bong Center throughout the afternoon Thursday. 

Jefferson said this is a time when he reflects on his role writing the Declaration of Independence.

"It was something that I was proud to write, although I was more proud of what I wrote than what the Congress adopted," he said. "They edited what I wrote, and I was not pleased with some of it, I must admit."

Roosevelt said he hopes to be remembered for leaving the land better than he found it.

"Of all the questions that can come before our great nation, short of its preservation in a war, there is none which compares in importance to the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us," the 26th president said. 

The four will also march in Superior's 4th of July parade. 

The presentation schedule at the Bong is as follows:

  • 1:30-2 p.m. - Washington and Roosevelt
  • 2:30-3 p.m. - Lincoln and Jefferson
  • 3:30-4 p.m. - Roosevelt and Jefferson
  • 4:30-5 p.m. - Washington and Lincoln

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