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Take out a U.S.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's not paper money at all...its fabric money.
>> 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 un-capped,
>> 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 hero's 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.
>>
>> Why didn't we know this? You probably don't know
>> it and your children don't know it because no one
>> ever felt it important enough to tell us about it.
>> Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let
>> that meaning fade.
>> Many veterans remember coming home to an America
>> that doesn't care. Too many veterans never came
>> home at all.
>>
>> Tell your kids and grand-kids what a dollar bill
>> really stands for.
>>
>> Because if you don't, nobody else will.
>>
>> -Anonymous
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>Ed Stevens
>MASC Technical Publications
>Bothell, Washington

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