Forwarded by Slim Russell. No original source given, but the facts have been verified.
Take a U.S. dollar bill from your wallet and look at it carefully.
The design you see on most dollars in circulation first came off the presses in 1957. This so-called paper money is in fact a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk fibers running through it. It is actually material, overprinted with a special blend ink, then starched to make it water resistant, and pressed to give it that nice crisp look. We've all washed it without it falling apart.
On the front side, to the right of George Washington, is the United States Treasury Seal. At its top you will see the scales for a balanced budget. In the center is 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 know.
Turn the bill over and you will see two circles. Together, these circles comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men create a Seal. It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.
In the left-hand circle is a Pyramid that symbolizes strength and durability. Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. Its people 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 is the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity, signifying the importance of Divine guidance and refers to the many instances of Divine Providence during our Government's formation. 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.
Look carefully at the right-hand circle to see a slightly modified Seal of the President of the United States. It is on every National Cemetery in the United States, the Parade of Flags Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments. This seal is always visible whenever the President 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 smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken away from the King of England’s rule. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country now stands on its own.
At the top of that shield is a white bar signifying Congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the Eagle's beak is the banner, E PLURIBUS UNUM, meaning, “one nation from many people”.
Above the Eagle are the thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were coming together as one.
That 13 is an unlucky number is almost a worldwide belief. You will seldom see a room numbered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. But think about this: There were 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 and 13 fruits on the olive branch and, if you look closely, 13 arrows. (And, for minorities there is the 13th Amendment).
In his talons the Eagle 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.
The average American does not know any of this… our children do not know this, nor do their history teachers know this! But, there has never been a better time to know and appreciate national symbolism. Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade. Many of them remember coming home to an America that didn't care. Too many veterans never came home at all.
Everyone has a dollar, so please do your part to make sure more Americans are aware of this national symbolism by sharing this article with everyone you know and asking them to pass it along to others on their mailing lists.
Don't allow the Liberals to take God out of America or our lives!