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> THE UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL

> 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 overprinted with 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 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 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 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 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 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 others if you wish, so they can learn
what
> is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands
> for... Otherwise, they will probably never know.
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