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Trader Jakes – Issue 814- November 30, 2018

Page 10 “Thank You For Reading Trader Jakes”

Who Was Haym Solomon? History from a $1 Bill-Fascinating! On the

rear of the One Dollar bill, you will 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 those 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 begin-ning. We had not

begun to explore the west or decided what we could do for Western

Civilization. The Pyramid is uncapped, 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 GODWE TRUST' is on this cur-

rency. 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. (MDCCLXXVI) 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 heroes' monu-

ments. 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 coun-

try 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, 'from many - one.' Above the Eagle,

you have the 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. They say 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 'Annuit Coeptis,'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

finally, if you notice the arrangement of the 13 stars in the right-hand

circle you will see that they are arranged as a Star of David. This

was ordered by George Washington who, when he asked Haym

Solomon, a wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a per-

sonal reward for his services to the Continental Army, Solomon

saidhe wanted nothing for himself but that he would like something

for his people. The Star of David was the result. Few people know

that it was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial con-

tributions but died a pauper. Haym Solomon gave $25 million to the

Continental Army, money that was extremely important to our inde-

pendence from England .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..I, for one, plan to share this page with everyone, so that they can

learn what is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL,

and what it stands for!

A History Lesson For All...