The Box Elder City Council met in session on Tuesday, December 20, to carry on their monthly business as usual. But….it was anything but usual….it was monumental in one particular way. Council Member and FHA friend, Bruce Hegel, had placed on the agenda that evening…Resolution 16-19. It was our hope that Box Elder would join the growing list of cities and counties across America that are “Voting Yes” to proudly and prominently display our national motto, IN GOD WE TRUST. They are doing so in the City Council chambers where they conduct the people’s business. After testimony was heard and Council questions were asked and answered the vote was then taken. Result: Six – YES; Zero – NO. It passed unanimously and we are grateful to Box Elder Mayor Larry Larson who demonstrated his support and their six Council Members: Scott Allen, Bruce Hegel, Jeff Hollinshead, Doug Curry, Steve Cowley and Tricia Weathers
To date over 637 cities and counties across America have followed the example of Congress and have adopted the national motto as their own. “In God We Trust” has been the national motto since 1956 when Congress enacted it as law. That phrase first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864 and on paper currency in 1957. The phrase originated in the 4th stanza of the Star Spangled banner and I quote: “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.’”
The US House of Representatives has reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as our national motto by a landslide vote of 396 to 9 and is encouraging its display in public buildings throughout America. The Congressional reaffirmation of “In God We Trust” is a move that solidifies the foundation set by the Founding Fathers, who established this nation on the belief that we have certain inalienable rights that are endowed by our Creator.
Adopting the national motto as Box Elder’s own sends the clear message that our inalienable rights do not come from government, they come from God. It’s a reminder of government’s true role in the lives of its citizens to “secure” those inalienable rights.
These words…“In God We Trust”…are more than symbolic. They are part of our national identity and heritage. They are hope for the future. And they remind us that, despite the challenges America has faced in the past, we’ve always pulled through – in God we still trust.
There may come a day when a generation of Americans is willing to turn its back on that motto and say either that America does not have the right to trust in God or that it should not trust in God. Fortunately, today is not that day, and this is not that generation.
Thank you Box Elder City Council….now may other communities follow your most excellent lead.