This sculpture of multiple figures does not just capture the Moroni story alone, but the entire promise played out in the destiny of America. Seen from one angle, the Title of Liberty becomes the American flag. Seen from another, the Title of Liberty is hoisted on a pole held in place by soldiers, just as they did at Iwo Jima.
Raising the pole which holds the Title, representative soldiers of America’s different eras push together to raise the banner: Civil War soldier (with uniform elements fused of North and South), World War II (a figure from Mount Suribachi on Iwojima), and a woman soldier who fought in Desert Storm—all representing the hundreds of thousands who were willing to fight for freedom.
Captain Moroni has his foot on the neck of a symbolic dragon of tyranny, with the entire beast sculpted in a hidden manner into the mountain he stands on. Liberty and freedom once won, has to be guarded from generation to generation, or it will be lost!
The Title of Liberty
“In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children.” ~Captain Moroni
In the history of the United States of America, a similar sentiment is echoed from the hard times during the Revolutionary War. On December 31, 1776, as General Washington was faced with the cold prospect of losing his Continental Army soldiers because their enlistment was up, he made a passionate plea before his men. Without their reenlisting, defeat against the British was inevitable.
“My brave fellows, you have done all I asked you to do, and more than could be reasonably expected, but your country is at stake, your wives, your houses, and all that you hold dear. You have worn yourselves out with fatigues and hardships, but we know not how to spare you. If you will consent to stay one month longer, you will render that service to the cause of liberty, and to your country, which you can proably never do under any other circumstance.”
The Monument also honors some of the greatest Forefathers of our nation: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.