Wiregrass Seniors Magazine February 2019 FEBRUARY ISSUE - Page 24

Page 24 WiregrassSeniorsMagazine.com Read The Fascinating History of the $1 Bil . Who Was Hayim Solomon? On the rear of the One Dollar bill, you’ll see two circles. Together, they 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’ll see a Pyra- Secondly, he wears no material crown. We had just broken from the King of England. mid. Also, notice the shield is unsupported. This country Notice the face is lighted, and the western side is can now stand on its own. dark. This country was just beginning. We hadn’t At the top of the shield there’s a white bar signifying begun to explore the west or decide what we could congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together do for Western Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, as one nation. again signifying that we weren’t even close to being In the Eagle's beak you read, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” finished. Inside the Capstone you have the all-see- meaning, “from many – one.” ing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin's belief that one man couldn't do it alone, Above the Eagle, we have the thirteen stars, repre- but a group of men, with the help of God, could do senting the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. Again, we were anything. coming together as one. “IN GOD WE TRUST” is on this currency. Notice what the Eagle holds in his talons. He holds The Latin above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, an olive branch and arrows. This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to pre- means, “God has favored our undertaking.” serve peace. The Eagle always wants to face the The Latin below the pyramid, NOVUS ORDO olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns to- ward the arrows. SECLORUM, means, “a new order has begun.” An (untrue) old-fashioned belief says that the num- At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for ber 13 is an unlucky number which is almost a world- wide belief. You’ll almost never see a room num- 1776. (MDCCLXXVI) bered 13, or any hotels or motels with a 13th floor. If you look at the right-hand circle, and check it care- But think about this: fully, you’ll learn that it’s on every National Cemetery America, which relies on God (not a number) to in the United States. It’s also on the Parade of Flags direct and lead, boldly chose: Walkway at the Bushnell, Florida National Cemetery, and is the centerpiece of most heroes' monuments. 13 original colonies, Slightly modified, it’s the seal of the President of the 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence , United States, and it’s always visible whenever he 13 stripes on our flag, speaks, yet very few people know what the sym- 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 letters in “Annuit Coeptis,” bols mean. 13 letters in “E Pluribus Unum,” 13 stars above the eagle, The Bald Eagle was selected as a symbol for 13 bars on that shield, victory for two reasons: First, he isn’t afraid of a storm; he’s strong, and he’s 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits,and if you look closely, 13 arrows. smart enough to soar above it.