03/29/2013 05:24 pm ET

Table Talk: President Obama Names Five New National Monuments

Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speaks during a ceremony in New Castle, Del., Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at First State National Monum
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speaks during a ceremony in New Castle, Del., Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at First State National Monument, which was designated a national monument by President Barack Obama on Monday. Seated behind Carper are,,from left, Vice President Joe Biden, New Castle, Del. Mayor Donald Reese and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The monument is the first step toward creating a national park in Delaware, the only state not included in the national park system. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

Over 100 years ago, President Theodore Roosevelt made Devils Tower in Wyoming America’s first national monument. This week, President Obama added five more locations to the long list of venerated national landmarks that already includes Mount Rushmore, The Gateway Arch and the Statue of Liberty. The new sites are the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio; the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, the San Juan Islands National Monument in Washington state, and First State National Monument in Delaware.

Tonight, let’s talk about the importance of preserving our natural sites and resources -- and honoring our country’s history.

Questions for discussion:
  • Have you ever visited any national monuments?
  • Which national monuments would you most like to visit in the future?
  • Are we preserving enough? Is there anything in your town you hope will stay the same for the next hundred years?

In her cookbook, The Family Dinner, Laurie David talks about the importance of families making a ritual of sitting down to dinner together, and how family dinners offer a great opportunity for meaningful discussions about the day's news. "Dinner," she says, "is as much about digestible conversation as it is about delicious food."

We couldn't agree more. So HuffPost has joined with Laurie and every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week -- stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.



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