Laus Deo


Words on Washington Momument

There are just some ideas, actions and words of which, I am very pleased to be aware. If it was good enough for them, it's good enough for me.


On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington, are displayed two words: Laus Deo.

Very simply, it says 'Praise be to God!'

The Washington Monument is an obelisk near the west end of the National Mall in Washington, D.C., built to commemorate the first U.S. president, General George Washington, who was "first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen". George Washington (1732–1799)

Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.'

    The four faces of the pyramidal point all bear inscriptions in cursive letters:

  • North face

    Joint Commission at Setting of Capstone

    Chester A. Arthur W. W. Corcoran, Chairman M. E. Bell Edward Clark John Newton

    Act of August 2, 1876

  • West face
    Corner Stone Laid on Bed of Foundation
    July 4, 1848

    First Stone at Height of 152 feet laid
    August 7, 1880

    Capstone set December 6, 1884

  • South face
    Chief Engineer and Architect,
    Thos. Lincoln Casey,
    Colonel, Corps of Engineers

    George W. Davis,
    Captain, 14th Infantry
    Bernard R. Green,
    Civil Engineer

    Master Mechanic
    P. H. McLaughlin

  • East face Laus Deo

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