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The 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 the balance-a balanced budget.
In the center you have a carpenter's T-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, and 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 heroes' monuments. Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of
the United States and it is always visible whenever he speaks; yet no one
knows 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 plumes of feathers on each span of the
Eagle's wing, 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 may 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.

Tell everyone what is on the back of the one dollar bill and what it stands
for, because nobody else will.

Author unknown

TruthOrFiction
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/dollarbill.htm

HowStuffWorks
http://www.howstuffworks.com/question518.htm

GreatSeal.com
http://www.greatseal.com/

US Treasury
http://www.bep.treas.gov/document.cfm/18/120

US State Department
http://www.state.gov/www/publications/great_seal.pdf

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