A little bit of history to share.

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

  1. Angelkitty

    Angelkitty New Member

    Sheridan, Ar
    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

    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

    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

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

    AwShucks New Member

    Guthrie, Oklaho
    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

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

    neocats New Member

    Thanks for sharing.
  8. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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

    postbeetle New Member

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

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    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: