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.