Your Voice Is Needed To Protect Our National Motto
Dear Supervisor Jeremy Brown,
This Motto has given Americans strength in the face of extreme challenges, and still reminds us that there is a Higher Power than found in the halls of government that we can put our hope in. It is, In God We Trust!
Since inception, Americans have turned to God. During the dark days of the American Revolution a very small percentage of men formed our first military. General George Washington flew the flag “Appeal to Heaven” over the Navy Cruisers because he realized the miracle that was needed to win against the redcoats. Sure enough, against all odds, the small and unpolished remnant saw a victory for Freedom and America was on its way to being one of the greatest nations in the world. Our Founders continually acknowledged the hand of God in the victory.
Again, during the War of 1812, the future of America looked bleak. Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner, wasn’t sure of the outcome as he watched bombs bursting in air over the American fleet. Sure enough, at the end of the war the Flag was still there. The last verse of the song references “In God We Trust” as a key phrase that offered hope during those trying times.
Fast forward to the World Wars, and again, our leaders looked to God for help and strength. A lead General during WW II, Dwight D. Eisenhower, felt the unbelievable pressure during that time and his faith in God helped pull him through. Around 10 years later, as President of the United States, he decided to engrave the four words that had carried Americans through time and again in our nation’s memory by making “In God We Trust” our National Motto.
Evidence of Government Support for ‘In God We Trust’
The phrase is found in the fourth verse of our National Anthem. By the War of 1812, this national sentiment was so entrenched that Francis Scott Key, in penning the fourth verse of our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” wrote: “And this be our motto—‘In God is our trust.’”
The phrase first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864.
The first paper money with the phrase ‘In God We Trust’ was printed in 1957.
The National Motto, ‘In God We Trust,’ was created by Act of Congress in 1956. The bill was signed into law on July 30th 1956 by President Eisenhower.
The National Motto was affirmed in 2002, and then in 2011 the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly (396 to 9) passed a resolution reaffirming the National Motto and encouraging the public display of this motto in all public buildings and public schools.
Numerous state legislatures have passed similar laws and are encouraging schools and state offices to place a poster with the National Motto in every classroom.
Evidence of ‘In God We Trust’ in Government Buildings
The National Motto is inscribed in gold letters above the speaker’s rostrum in the U.S. House of Representatives. The National Motto is also inscribed on the walls of the United State Senate chambers.
Nearly 100 Members of Congress have the National Motto prominently displayed in their offices.
To date, over 600 cities and counties nationwide display the National Motto in their offices, chambers, official seals, and even on the outside of police and sheriff’s cruisers.
The National Motto is displayed in and on countless government buildings, businesses, schools, etc.
Thank you for ensuring it's not removed from Trinity County Board of Supervisor's meeting room. As a matter of fact, I encourage you to consider other ways to display our National Motto.