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                   --  The Dollar Bill & Its Meaning --

 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. 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.  We've all washed it without it falling apart. A special
 blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know. It is with overprinted
 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 balance - a balanced budget. 

 In the center you have a carpenter's T-square, a tool used for a 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 

 The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means "God has favored 

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.

f 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 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 no one knows 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 crown. 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:

 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 plumes of feathers on each span of the Eagle's wing,
 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. 
 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 did not care. 
 Too many veterans never came home at all.
 Tell everyone what is on the back of the one dollar bill and what it stands for, 
 because nobody else will.


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