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Nov. 15: US Postal Service Declares 'God' Motto to Go Public

IN GOD WE TRUST will be posted for the world to see in US Post Offices.

  • J. Grant Swank, Jr.,
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IN GOD WE TRUST will be posted for the world to see in US Post Offices.

Washington DC officials made it public Friday, November 15, in the year of our Lord 2002!

US Postal Service artfully crafted its own poster displaying the nation's motto, covering the cost of distributing same to every post office in the USA.

The new poster looks like a huge stamp depicting the Statue of Liberty in its center with the motto printed above the crown.

So there you have it.

Retired Montgomery County engineer Frank Williamson was brazen enough (or staunch enough in his convictions) to post the motto in his post office but, with that, was informed to take it down — pronto.

Yet now it will be proudly displayed in all 38,000 post offices across the US.

Williamson started it with several 16-by-20-inch posters on his post office walls — cost total was $80. There it was: IN GOD WE TRUST in white letters splashed over an American flag. A declaration was noted: "The motto was approved by Congress and President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956."

US Postal Service officials investigated Williamson's complaint, finding that the US House of Representatives adopted the resolution two years ago that endorsed placing the motto in every public building possible, according to David Lewin, Houston postal spokesman.

"The post office wanted to comply with the spirit of that resolution," Lewin stated.

"It just shows what one lone individual can do," said Williamson, 74.

Of course, the motto appears on US coins and paper money as well as is publicly displayed in the House and Senate chambers. Realizing this, Williamson concluded it was appropriate for the motto also to appear in schools, libraries, and police stations within his county. With that, he mailed out copies for posting.

"I did it after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 because I wanted everyone to remember that our nation has always been successful because our forefathers put their trust in God," he said.

Frank Gonzales, 48, average US citizen in Harris County, stated that he was quite delighted with the US Post Office action.

"It's about time," he said. "If you don't trust in God, who do you trust?"

  • J. Grant Swank, Jr.
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