What a charming picture of Payson High School sophomore Lisa Bartoli "holding" the Washington Monument in the Feb. 17 issue of the Payson Roundup. And, what an opportunity to learn a couple of facts about the monument, which I'll bet no one mentioned to the 350 high school students attending the national Young Leaders Conference Bartoli attended and wrote about.
The first thing to learn is that there can never be a building taller than the monument in D.C. The other is that inscribed on the aluminum cap of the monument -- a tribute to the Father of our nation and facing skyward -- are the Latin words "Laus Deo" or Praise be to God.
Inside the monument on some of the 50 stair landings are tribute blocks donated by various entities. On the tenth landing is a block presented by some Chinese Christians. On the twelfth, a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore. On the 24th, a block made by Sunday School of N.Y. and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6.
The cornerstone, laid on July 4, 1848, contains the Holy Bible. Like so may public places in Washington, D.C., the monument is a witness to our Founding Fathers' belief in "One Nation Under God," not "separation of church and state" as currently misinterpreted and which is nowhere in the Constitution. But don't tell that to the ACLU.
Ann Barrett, Pine