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Monday, November 21, 2016

The Washington Monument The Memorial Blocks

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

The Washington Monument 
Part Three of Three
The Memorial Blocks

The cap on the Washington Monument is not the only religious representation in it. If one walks down from the observation deck rather than taking the elevator, one will see 193 or 194 (different sources give a different number) memorial stones. There is one donated by every state in the union, some from other countries, and ones from various organizations, and a few from individuals. There are stones from American Indian tribes, one from Washington's birthplace, Westmoreland County, and one from the Vatican though lost. The stones are made of various materials, marble, limestone, and sandstone being the most common. Some are of other materials such as the copper “stone” donated by Michigan and the one of petrified wood from Arizona. One stone came from the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Stones also came from Mount Vesuvius, Egypt, the Temple of Esculapius, the William Tell Chapel, and the Tomb of Napoleon, but these too have been lost. Some of the stones are elaborately carved. Some are simple. And they are inscribed.

Many of the blocks simply state the name of the donors or their admiration for Washington as the Father of Our Country. But others carry a distinctly religious message.

Two of the stones were donated by Sunday schools. The one from the Sabbath School children of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia bears the inscription “A Preached Gospel. A Free Press.” The other from the Methodist Episcopal Church in New York features a quote from the Bible, “The memory of the just is blessed. Proverbs 10:7”

The United Sons of America donated a stone inscribed with the words “God and Our Native Land.”

The I.O.O.F., Grand Lodge of Indiana (the Odd Fellows) states our national motto, “In God We Trust.”

Masons, Grand Lodge of Kentucky carries the words “To the Memory of Washington the Christian Mason.”

The city of Frederick Maryland donated a stone inscribed with the message, “From the City of Frederick Md. Civil and Religious Liberty; First proclaimed by the Pilgrim Fathers of Maryland as emblemed in the “arc” of the covenant of Freedom, and the dove, the text harbinger of Peace and Fellowship, that guided them through the dangers of the birthright of the Nation, by the enduring seal of the minister of justice, George Washington.”

From Boston, Massachusetts is a stone bearing the words, “Sicut Patribus Sit Deus Nobis” which is Latin for “God be with us as He was with our fathers.”

One from Utah when it was still the territory of Deseret states “Holiness to the Lord.”

From the state of Kentucky a stone saying, “Under the auspices of heaven, & the precepts of Washington, Kentucky will be the last to give up the Union.”

The stone from Hawaii bears the inscription, “Ua-mau-ke-ea O-ka-aina I-ka-pono” which means The life of the land is preserved in righteousness.

And thus the greatest monument to the greatest American is replete with mentions and references to our Lord.

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