Take out a one dollar bill, and look
at it (Keep it next to you while you continue reading). The one dollar
bill you're looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present
design. 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 material and we
have all washed it without it falling apart.
A special blend of ink is used, the contents of which we will never
know. It is overprinted with symbols and then 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 something we should all know. 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 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 anything. "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.
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
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, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong,
and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material
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 PLURIBUS UNUM," meaning, "one nation from many people. Above
the Eagle, you have 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. 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 for a
moment: 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, 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 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.
Share this page with everyone you know, even if it's a second time.
They and others can learn what is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE
DOLLAR BILL and, what it stands for... Otherwise, the way educators are
behaving, they and their children may probably never know...