The origin of our nation is worth remembering as we face an uncertain world and difficult economic times ahead.
(From the Washington Monument Society)
On top of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, are displayed two words: “Laus Deo”. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there.
But, once you know Laus Deo’s history, you may want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years. They are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo! So, what do those two words, mean? Very simply, they say “Praise be to God!”
“Praise be to God!” Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings, the memorial stones share a message. On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.
When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th of 1848, inside that cornerstone were placed several items—including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
Laus Deo! From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of its designer, Pierre Charles L’Enfant… a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape – with the White House to the north, the Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. Yes, a cross! Separation of church and state was not, and is not, in the Constitution and those who designed our capital knew that.
When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation’s capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God.
Share this with every child you know; with every sister, brother, father, mother or friend. They will not find offense, because you’ll have given them a lesson in history they probably never learned in school.