This is very interestingA History lesson for sure .. . ..

LAUS DEO 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: Laus Deo. 

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 world.

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.

Praise be to God!  Within the monument itself are 898 steps and

50 landings.  As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings

the memorial stones share a message..

On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;

on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;

on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

When the 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 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.’

  Laus Deo !When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation’s capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of ‘ Laus Deo ‘, its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.’  (Psalm 127: 1)





A Fun Fact for Each State

ALABAMA ….  Was the first place to have 9-1-1, started in 1968.

ALASKA …  One out of every 64 people has a pilot’s license.

ARIZONA ….  Is the only state in the continental U.S.   that

doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time.

ARKANSAS ….  Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S.

CALIFORNIA …  Its economy is so large that if it were a country,

it would rank seventh in the entire world.

COLORADO ….  In 1976 it became the only state to

turn down the Olympics.

CONNECTICUT …  The Frisbee was invented

here at Yale University .

DELAWARE ….  Has more scientists and engineers

than any other state.

FLORIDA ….  At 759 square miles, Jacksonville is

the U.S. ‘s largest city.

GEORGIA ….  It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist

John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola.

HAWAII ..  Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer

than residents in any other state.

IDAHO …  TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922.

ILLINOIS ….  The Chicago River is dyed green every St.Patrick’s Day

INDIANA …..  Home to Santa Claus, Indiana,

which get a half million letters to Santa every year.

IOWA …  Winnebagos get their name from Winnebago County .

Also, it is the only state that begins with two vowels.

KANSAS …  Liberal, Kansas, has an exact replica of

the house in The Wizard of Oz.

KENTUCKY ….  Has more than $6 billion in gold

underneath Fort Knox .

LOUISIANA ….  Has parishes instead of counties

because they were originally Spanish church units.

MAINE …  It’s so big, it covers as many square miles

as the other five New England states combined.

MARYLAND ….  The Ouija board was created in Baltimore in 1892.

MASSACHUSETTS …  The Fig Newton is named after

Newton, Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN ….  Fremont, home to Gerber, is the

baby food capital of the world.

MINNESOTA ….  Bloomington ‘s Mall of America is so big, if you

spent 10 minutes in each store, you’d be there nearly four days.

MISSISSIPPI …  President Teddy Roosevelt refused to

shoot a bear here …  that’s how the teddy bear got its name.

MISSOURI ….  Is the birthplace of the ice cream cone.

MONTANA ….  A sapphire from Montana is in the

Crown Jewels of England .

NEBRASKA ….  More triplets are born here than in any other state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE …  Birthplace of Tupperware,

invented in 1938 by Earl Tupper.

NEW JERSEY …  Has the most shopping malls in one

area in the world.

NEW MEXICO …  Smokey the Bear was rescued from

a 1950 forest fire here.

NEW YORK ….  Is home to the nation’s oldest cattle ranch,

started in 1747 in Montauk.

NORTH CAROLINA …  Home of the first Krispy Kreme doughnut.

NORTH DAKOTA …  Rigby, North Dakota, is the exact

geographic center of North America .

OHIO …  The hot dog was invented here in 1900.  OH !!!!

OKLAHOMA ….  The grounds of the state capital are

covered by operating oil wells.

OREGON …  Has the most ghost towns in the country.

PENNSYLVANIA …  The smiley, 🙂 was first used in 1980

by computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University .

RHODE ISLAND …  The nation’s oldest bar, the

White Horse Tavern, opened here in 1673

SOUTH CAROLINA …  Sumter County is home to the

world’s largest gingko farm.

SOUTH DAKOTA …  Is the only state that’s never

had an earthquake.

TENNESSEE ….  Nashville ‘s Grand Ole Opry is the longest

running live radio show in the world.

TEXAS …  Dr.  Pepper was invented in Waco back in 1885.

UTAH …  The first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant

opened here in 1952.

VERMONT ….  Montpelier is the only state capital

without a McDonald’s.

VIRGINIA ….  Home of the world’s largest office building …. 

the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON …  Seattle has twice as many college graduates

as any other state.

WASHINGTON D.C.  …  Was the first planned capital in the world.

WEST VIRGINIA …  Had the world’s first brick paved street,

Summers Street, laid in Charleston in 1870.

WISCONSIN ….  The ice cream sundae was invented

here in 1881 to get around Blue Laws prohibiting

ice cream from being sold on Sundays.

WYOMING ….  Was the first state to allow women to vote.


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BUCKS COUNTY-ATTRACTIONS Doylestown is the county seat of Bucks County. There are many interesting & picturesque sites in this area. First of all, Doylestown itself is home to two wonderful museums built by philanthropist, Henry Chapman Mercer. Born 1856 in Doylestown, he was an American archeologist, artifact collector, tile maker & designer of three very unusual poured concrete structures in town. One being his home, FONTHILL, which is open to the public. Making up the 2nd building of the Mercer mile is THE MORAVIAN POTTERY & TILE WORKS. Here beautiful tiles were made that were being used on the floor of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in HARRISBURG, PA. These beautiful mosaics trace the history of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from prehistoric times. The tiles can be found as far as in Grauman’s Chinese Theater, to a simple household fireplace in some fortunate Bucks Countian’s fireplace. The third building in this Mercer Mile, I think is the most interesting. Mercer Museum has been built to look like a concrete poured castle, with narrow winding steps, up & down, eeiry, dark, mystic, housing early American tools & medical instruments! On each level, you will find other very old artifacts, even a very large boat, hanging in the middle of the ceiling. It also houses the Spruance Library where genealogy research can be done, Here the Bucks County Historical Society has a wealth of research materials, cemetery, church books, etc. from Bucks & surrounding counties. There is an elevator to get to certain parts of the museum. But limited use is available. Where an elevator will take you up to the library, you will have to be able to walk down some steps to get to the library itself. There is a fee for non members. Be prepared to park your belongings, before you go in to the room. I would suggest that you leave purse & valuables some where’s else where they are safe. The bathroom is not as easily accessible either. Children are fascinated by all the varied artifacts. If you are lucky, you might find a program in progress. These buildings are a must! Take your camera, pen & pad, do what you can navigate. The buildings in town are old, shops are quaint, courthouse contains many Bucks County files, too. Interesting place. You could easily spend two days here. There are lots of great cinemas in malls & great eating places outside town. http://www.tiles.org/pages/mptw/mercer.htm more info. http://www.discoverourtown.com/PA/Doylestown/Attractions-1072.html#Historic Homes & Buildings Peace Valley Park, New Britain Twp., is surrounded by Lake Galena. It is just a few miles north of town. There are lots of recreational activities there such as boating, ice skating, walking trails, boat launching area, nature center & many other things to do. This place consists of 1500 acres. There are many other similar places in the area. Peddler’s Village in Lahaska, New Hope/ Lambertville/ Washington Crossing area are all beautiful centers of artistic culture, quaint little shops that feature local craftsmen, & little out of the way eateries with the ambience of a time gone by. Washington’s Crossing is the site of historical nature, which explains itself. You will just simply follow #202 all the way to the Delaware River. Don’t forget to take that beautiful ride along the canals. WINERIES There are also some great wineries in Bucks County. Some of them are:Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Route 413, Buckingham; Chaddsford Winery Store in Peddler’s Village, Merchant’s Row, Lahaska; Crossing Vineyards & Winery, Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing. There are many more in the area. http://www.bucksviews.com/Destinations/Vineyards_and_Wineries/Vineyards_and_Wineries.htm COVERED BRIDGES Located in the more rural part of northwestern part of Bucks Co., are Erwinna Covered Bridge, Frankenfield Covered Bridge, & Uhlersville Covered Bridge. There are many others to seein the county, http://www.bucksviews.com/Scenes/Bridges/covered_bridges.htm Be sure to proceed with caution, if walking, as cars often speed through the bridge. Beautiful scenery with local color abound, so please bring your cameras. ANTIQUE SHOPS Antique shops/ auctions are abound in Bucks County, whether in Lahaska, New Hope, Lambertville or surrounding areas. The area around Doylestown is full of history & reminders of the past, whether in building or artifact! If you want to spend time in Bucks County, there are many more wonderful places & ideas for a perfect trip. http://www.discoverourtown.com/PA/Doylestown/Shopping-1072.html PLACES TO STAY- http://www.bucksviews.com/Accommodations.htm COLONIAL WOODS- Family Camping Resort- http://colonialwoods.com/ Upper Black Eddy,PA Toll-Free: (800) 887-CAMP (2267) Open Mid-April thru November 1 http://www.discoverourtown.com/PA/Doylestown/Lodging-1072.html DINING- http://www.discoverourtown.com/PA/Doylestown/Dining-1072.html RECREATION-http://www.discoverourtown.com/PA/Doylestown/Recreation-1072.html Golf




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