A little bit of history to share.

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Angelkitty, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

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    I thought that you and others may like to see this.
    > One detail that is not mentioned in Washington, DC,
    > is that there can never be a building of greater
    > height than the Washington Monument.
    >
    > With all the uproar about removing the ten
    > commandments, etc... This is worth a moment or two
    > of your time. I was not aware of this historical
    > information.
    >
    > On the aluminum cap, atop 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 and for that matter, probably
    > couldn't care less.
    >
    > Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to
    > share this with everyone you know. But 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! Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed
    > words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of
    > mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest
    > point over what is the most powerful city in the
    > most successful nation in the world.
    >
    > So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of
    > just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly
    > mean? Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!"
    >
    > Though construction of this giant obelisk began in
    > 1848, when James Polk was President of the United
    > States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was
    > inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty
    > five years to finally cap the memorial with a
    > tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo
    > ..........Praise be to God!"
    >
    > From atop this magnificent granite and marble
    > structure, visitors may take in the beautiful
    > panoramic view of the city with it's division into
    > four major segments. >From that vantage point, one
    > can also easily see the original plan of the
    > 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.
    >
    > A cross you ask ? Why a cross? What about separation
    > of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of
    > church and state was not, is not, in the
    > Constitution. So, read on .. How interesting and, no
    > doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for
    > those who bother to notice.
    >
    > 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 some 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. Praise be to God!
    >
    > When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was
    > laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many
    > items including the Holy Bible presented by the
    > Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the
    > discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual
    > mood given by the founder and first President of our
    > unique democracy "One Nation, Under God."
    >
    > I am awed by Washington's prayer for America. Have
    > you never read it? Well, now is your unique
    > opportunity, so read on!
    >
    > "Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou
    > wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection;
    > that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to
    > cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to
    > government; and entertain a brotherly affection and
    > love for one another and for their fellow citizens
    > of the United states at large." And finally that
    > Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us
    > all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean
    > ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific
    > temper of mind which were the characteristics of the
    > Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a
    > humble imitation of whose example in these things we
    > can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our
    > supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ
    > our Lord. Amen."
    >
    > Laus Deo!
    >
    > 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, as it is
    > unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look.
    >
    > You may forget the width and height of "Laus Deo",
    > it's location, or the architects but no one who
    > reads this will be able to forget it's meaning, or
    > these words: "Unless the Lord builds the house its
    > builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over
    > the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." (Psalm
    > 127: 1)
    >
    > It is hoped you will send this to every child you
    > know; to every sister, brother, father, mother or
    > friend. They will not find offense, because you have
    > given them a lesson in history that they probably
    > never learned in school.
     
  2. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Thanks Patricia, very interesting, I didn't know all of that!

    From the top of the Washington Monument and I took this picture of the Lincoln Memorial and the WW2 Memorial through one of the tiny plastic windows.
     

  3. cubedweller

    cubedweller New Member

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    This one definitely made me smile -- these are the kinds of facts that I'm more than happy to learn. Thanks for sharing!
     
  4. Mi11er

    Mi11er New Member

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    Thanks for the post, never knew that.
     
  5. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Gosh Dayton, makes me jealous. We don't have one fishing hole in this state I know of that looks as good as those.
     
  6. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    I never knew that,it's very interesting.:wink::big_smile:
     
  7. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Thanks for sharing.
     
  8. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Thanks for sharing Sis, good stuff!!!
     
  9. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Now if we can only find someone to listen.
     
  10. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for sharing Patricia. This is a great part of History. I learned of this a few years ago. It was good to be reminded.:smile2: