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|Take out a
one dollar bill, and look at it. The one dollar bill you're
looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present design.
so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and
minute silk fibers running through it. It is actually material. We've
washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the
contents we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it
starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice
look on the front of the bill,
you will see the United States Treasury
the top you will see the scales for a balanced budget.
In the center
you have a
carpenter's square, a tool used for an even cut. Underneath is the Key
United States Treasury.
That's all pretty easy to figure out, but what
the back of that dollar bill is something we should all know.
If you turn the
over, you will
see two circles.
circles, together, make up the Great Seal of the United States.
Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of
up with a Seal. It took them 4 years to accomplish this task and
years to get it approved.
look at the left-hand circle, you will see a Pyramid.
Notice the face
lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning.
not begun to explore the West or decided what we could do for Western
Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were
close to being finished. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing
ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin's
that one man couldn't do it alone, but a
group of men, with the
God, could do anything.
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.
at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you
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
and is the
centerpiece of most hero's monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal
President of the United
States, and it is always visible
speaks, yet very few people know what the symbols mean.
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
soar above it. Secondly, he wears n o material crown. We had just
the King of England. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This
now stand on its own. At the top of that shield you have a white bar
congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In
Eagle's beak you will read, "E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning, "one
nation from many people."
Above the Eagle, you
thirteen stars, representing the thirteen
colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we
coming together as one.
Notice what the Eagle
in his talons. He holds an olive branch and
This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to
peace. The Eagle always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of
gaze turns toward the arrows.
that the number 13 is an unlucky
number. This is almost a worldwide belief. You will usually never see a
numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about
13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13
on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin above, 13
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
arrows. And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.
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
given up too much to ever let the meaning fade. Many veterans remember
home to an America
that didn't care. Too
veterans never came home