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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 a balanced
   budget. In the center you have a carpenter's 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, an 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 very few people know 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.

   It is said 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 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 many 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.

   Share this page with everyone, so they can learn what is on the back of
   the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for... Otherwise,
   they will probably never know... PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR FRIENDS!

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