LAUS DEO Do you know what it means?
One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington ,
D.C. 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 amazing historical information.
On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words:
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. 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, unnoticed 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
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 its 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.
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 George Washington's prayer for America .... Have you ever 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.'