The Gateway Arch. The knight in shining armor that came to protect St. Louis. With its moat, the Mississippi River, keeping the people from danger, and its towering height of 630 feet, even a pitch black night wouldn’t scare the arch. For the townspeople of St. Louis, there are no pitch black nights anyway, because the armor of steel that their knight wears reflects even the slightest hint of moonlight. Always standing on its own two feet, never moving, the Gateway Arch is not only a knight, but a king, ruling the city.
Standing in front of the arch, almost everyone probably thinks that everyone else that is gazing at the Gateway Arch thinks that it’s gorgeous. Today if you go to St. Louis, that may be the case, but during the arch’s history, not everyone was on board with the idea and design. Not agreeing to something doesn’t make you wrong, it just makes you different. Everybody is different, and we all see the world through different points of view, with different opinions that are never wrong just because they are different, just like people are not wrong because they stand out or are too scared to stand at all.
The Gateway Arch, St. Louis Arch, The Arch, all verbally mean the same thing to us as a country, but all mentally mean different things to us as individuals. After learning about the Gateway Arch, I’ve learned that it is more than just a structure. Some people feel connected to it as a passageway to the west, as it was first envisioned to be. Others feel that the arch is a connection to our history. Some people just think that it is a national monument so they feel like they should know a little about it. What the people standing in front of the arch don't know, is how many people had or have a personal connection to the Gateway Arch.