Who was Hayim Solomon?
> On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you will see two circles.
> Together, they comprise the Great Seal of the United States .
> The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a
> group of men come up with a Seal. It took them four years to
> accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.
> If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.
> Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This
> country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the west or
> decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is
> uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being
> finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient
> symbol for divinity. It was Franklin's belief that one man couldn't
> do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do
> 'IN GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.
> The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, 'God has favored
> our undertaking.' The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM,
> means, 'a new order has begun.' At the base of the pyramid is the
> Roman Numeral for 1776. (MDCCLXXVI)
> If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you
> will learn that it is on every National Cemetery in the United States
> It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida
> National Cemetery , and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments.
> Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United
> States (I hope it will continue to be! - AW) , and it is always
> visible whenever he speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols
> The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons:
> First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart
> enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had
> just broken from the King of England Also, notice the shield is
> unsupported. This country can now stand on its own. At the top of that
> shield you have a white bar signifying congress, a unifying factor. We
> were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle's beak you will read,
> ' E PLURIBUSUNUM ' meaning,'one from many.'
> Above the Eagle, you have the thirteen stars, representing the
> thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling
> away. Again, we were coming together as one.
> Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch
> and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to
> fight to preserve peace. The E agle always wants to face the olive
> branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the arrows.
> They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a
> worldwide belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or
> any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this:
> 13 original colonies,
> 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence,
> 13 stripes on our flag,
> 13 steps on the Pyramid,
> 13 letters in, 'Annuit Coeptis,'
> 13 letters in 'E Pluribus Unum,'
> 13 stars above the Eagle,
> 13 bars on that shield,
> 13 leaves on the olive branch,
> 13 fruits, and if you look closely,
> 13 arrows.
> And finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the
> right-hand circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of
> David. This was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked
> Hayim Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a
> personal reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon
> said he wanted nothing for himself but that he would like something
> for his people. The Star of David was the result. Few people know that
> it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial
> contributions, but died a pauper. GOD's definition of world word
> meanings and beliefs is always different!
> I always ask people, 'Why don't you know this?' Your children don't
> know this, and their history teachers don't know this. Too many
> veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade. Many
> veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care. Too many
> veterans never came home at all.
> Here is another interesting fact:
> Laus Deo
> On the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument in Washington, DC are
> two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact ..... most
> visitors to the monument have no idea they are even there and ... for
> that matter ... probably could care less!
> But there they are ... 555 feet, 5.125 inches high ... perched atop
> the monument to the father of our nation ... overlooking the 69 square
> miles which comprise the District of Columbia ... capital of the
> United States of America.
> Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words ... out of
> sight and, one might think, out of mind ..... but very meaningfully
> placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the
> And what might those two words ... composed of just four syllables and
> only seven letters ... mean? Very simply ..... "Praise be to God!"
> Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848 when James
> Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that
> the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public.
> It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with the tribute
> Laus Deo! Praise be to God!
> From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure ... a visitor
> can take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division
> into four major segments. And from that vantage point one can also
> easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant
> ... a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape ..... with the White
> House to the North ... the Jefferson Memorial to the South ... the
> Capitol to the East ... and the Lincoln Memorial to the West. A cross
> ... you say?
> How interesting! And ... no doubt ... intended to carry a meaning for
> those who bother to notice. Praise be to God!
> Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one
> climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share
> a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of
> Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese
> Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children
> from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and
> Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!
> When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th,
> 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible
> presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the
> discipline, the moral direction, the spiritual mood given by the
> founder and first President of our unique democracy ... "one nation,
> under God."
> I am awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have you never read it?
> Well now is your opportunity ... read on!
> "Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the
> United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the
> hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and
> obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love
> for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United states at
> large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to
> dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves
> with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the
> characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and
> without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can
> never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech
> Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."
> Laus Deo!
> It is clear when one studies the history of our great nation that
> Washington's America was one of the few countries in all the world
> established under the guidance, direction and banner of Almighty God,
> to whom was given all praise, honor and worship by the great men who
> formed and fashioned her pivotal foundations. And ... when one stops
> to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our
> nation's capitol ... one will easily find the signature of God.
> We are a nation under God!!! Laus Deo!!! Praise be to God!!! "Unless
> the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord
> watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. (Psalm 127:
> The Separation of Church and State concept is basic to our Country's
> founding. It simply means that the government shall never make any
> religion a National religion. It never was intended to prevent the
> utterance of the name of God at political functions and in the daily
> course of our undertakings. Liberals and extremist who think
> differently have no foundation in history for their position. ---- IN
> GOD WE TRUST
> Prior to delivery of the capstone in Washington, it was placed on
> exhibit at Tiffany's in New York City where it was placed on the floor
> and persons could have the dubious prestige of "jumping over the top
> of the Washington Monument." Engraved on the four sides of the
> capstone was the official record of the construction of the monument.
> The west face read: "Corner Stone laid on bed of foundation, July 4,
> 1848. First stone at height of 152 feet laid August 7, 1880. Capstone
> set December 6, 1884"; and the east face read "LAUS DEO." The north
> and south faces contained names of the commission and the key men in
> the work of completion. Although weatherbeaten, the inscription is
> still visible.
> The laying of the capstone was appropriately celebrated. At the top of
> the monument, a special scaffolding had been constructed where the
> principals involved with the construction of the monument could stand.
> As thousands of eyes were trained upward toward the pinnacle, a
> 60-mile-per-hour wind was blowing, and the footing was dangerous.
> According to S. H. Nealy's sketch of the ceremony, P. H. McLaughlin,
> project superintendent, placed the tip on the pyramidion as the
> rigger, James Hogan, released an American flag to signify the
> completion to the cheers of the crowd below and the booming of cannon
> brought from Fort Myer, Va., especially for the occasion. Also on the
> top platform were Bernard R. Green, civil engineer, Capt. G. W. Davis,
> assistant project engineer, Colonel Thomas Lincoln Casey, Chief
> project engineer, and Lewis O'Brien, foreman.
> I for one, plan to share this page with everyone, so they can learn
> what is on the back of the United States one dollar bill - and what
> it stands for!