The Yorktown Victory Monument standing before the mouth of the York River pouring into the Chesapeake Bay.
Driving north on the George Washington Memorial highway to the banks of the York River on a crisp and clear autumn morning made for an impeccable historical experience for me! The marble monument marks the ground on which the new American nation received her final acceptance of independence from Great Britain as white handkerchief waved in the hand of a British officer on the morning of October 17, 1781. Ten days after the surrender's conclusion, the people of Yorktown wrote to Congress asking for a memorial to commemorate "an event that terminated the struggle of our fathers for liberty and independence". Standing in the morning sun reading about the siege and the dedication put into this memorial after more than 200 years was a rallying sensation knowing that here is where the War for Independence was won.