"America The Beautiful" Centennial Memorial

Shown Above is the unveiling of the “America the Beautiful” Centennial Memorial at Pikes Peak’s summit on October 5, 1993. The 8’x4’ bronze plaque designates the site where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write the words “America the Beautiful” in 1893. Left to right: John Fowler, Chamber of Commerce President; Mike Bird, State Senator; Costas Rombocos, the plaque’s donor and president of the Shrine of Remembrance; Mary Lou Makepeace and Cheryl Gillespe, Colorado Springs City Council members

Unveiling of the “America the Beautiful” Centennial Memorial on July 4, 1993, at the Fabulous Fourth celebration with the Colorado Springs Symphony. Costas Rombocos, the plaque’s donor, is at left, and U.S. Senator Hank Brown is on the right. The news media reported 85,000 people in attendance.

Read Katharine Lee Bates’ manuscript and her account of the trip that inspired her to write America the Beautiful.

Read the resolution of the Colorado State Senate and House of Representatives regarding the America the Beautiful Memorial on Pikes Peak.

Read the Resolution of the City of Colorado Springs City Council regarding the America the Beautiful Memorial on Pikes Peak.

The above document is the letter from President Bill Clinton for the dedication of the America the Beautiful Memorial Plaque at the Fabulous Fourth celebration on July 4, 1993. The plaque was unveiled on the summit of Pikes Peak on October 5, 1993.

Above is the thank-you letter from George Stephanopoulos (President Bill Clinton’s senior advisor for policy and strategy) for the gift of a smaller scale casting of the America the Beautiful Centennial Memorial given to President Clinton by Costas Rombocos.

The above image is the thank-you letter from President Bill Clinton for the America the Beautiful Centennial Memorial given to President Clinton by Costas Rombocos as a Christmas gift.

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Shrine of Remembrance
America the Beautiful Chapel
Funeral Home, Mausoleum, And 2 On Premise Crematories
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(walk-ins welcome)

(719) 634-1597
1730 E. Fountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80910

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Vista Grande Chapel
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(719) 599-3331
5440 North Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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