STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL
Take out a one dollar bill, and look at it.
This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with minute red
and blue silk fibers running through it. It is actually material and not paper.
We've all 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 is
starched to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.
If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury
Seal. On 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 to the United States Treasury. That's all pretty easy to figure out, but
what is on the back of that dollar bill is a history lesson--something we should
If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both circles, together,
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
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 un-capped, 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 anything.
"IN GOD WE TRUST" is on this currency. The Latin above the pyramid,
ANNUIT COEPTIS, means, "He furthers 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.
If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it carefully, you will see a
symbol that 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, and it is always visible whenever he speaks,
yet very few people know what the symbols mean.
The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for victory for two reasons: First,
the eagle is not afraid of a storm; the eagle is strong, and the eagle is smart
enough to soar above it. Secondly, the eagle wears no material crown. Our county
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 PLURIBUS
UNUM", meaning, "one nation from many people".
Above the Eagle, are 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 Eagle 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--almost a worldwide belief.
You will usually never see a room numbered 13 or any hotels/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
the Latin above, 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, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.
So many of us do not know this about our currency. Your children probably
don't know this, nor do their history teachers.
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 never
came home at all.
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