“In God We Trust” Plaque Soon To Grace Freeport’s City Hall, Too

Freeport, Illinois — July 6, 2017 — The City Council plans to authorize the public display of a plaque on City Hall bearing the official motto of the United States of America, “In God We Trust”

In God We Trust has been an integral part of the American fabric for generations, and that is why it is so vitally important that we don’t gloss over – or worse yet – erase such an important piece of our identity.

In 1956, our U.S. Congress adopted “In God We Trust” as our nation’s motto. And though historians would consider 1956 a relatively recent development, the antecedence of the phrase as our nation’s official motto was penned by Francis Scott Key when he wrote the Star Spangled Banner in 1814.

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This motto has received widespread and bipartisan support and is why on November 1, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H.Con.Res.13) and reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America and encouraged its display throughout America.

On July 15th, 2016, the Stephenson County Board correctly passed a resolution to recognize the 60th anniversary of “In God We Trust” and many believe the City Council should also recognize this motto and display it proudly throughout Freeport.

Stephenson County Courthouse Makes Strong Public Statement In God We Trust
Stephenson County Courthouse Makes Strong Public Statement In God We Trust

It is my hope, that with this plaque, we are telling future generations in Freeport, Illinois that we proudly uphold our sacred American heritage– in this case– our nation’s official motto “In God We Trust.”

The city resolution to authorize the public display of “In God We Trust” can be found below.

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF FREEPORT, ILLINOIS AUTHORIZING THE PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THE OFFICIAL MOTTO OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, “IN GOD WE TRUST” AT CITY HALL

RESOLUTION NO. R-2017-___

WHEREAS, the City of Freeport is a Municipal Corporation and a Home Rule Unit of Local Government of the State of Illinois, pursuant to Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the “City”); and

WHEREAS, on July 30, 1956, President Eisenhower signed into law the establishment of “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, on November 1, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution (H.Con.Res.13) which reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America and encouraged its display in, “…all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.”; and

WHEREAS, the City values, appreciates and supports “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, the City desires to display the official motto on a plaque in City Hall; and

WHEREAS, no public funds of the City shall be expended on the creation and installation of such plaque with the costs thereof to be paid for through donations.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FREEPORT, ILLINOIS as follows:

Section 1. The foregoing recitals shall be and are hereby incorporated in this Section 1 as if said recitals were fully set forth.

Section 2. The City Council hereby authorizes the public display of a plaque bearing the official motto of the United States of America, “In God We Trust”, in City of Freeport City Hall. The cost of creating such plaque shall not be paid for from City funds and shall be paid for through donations. The final design of the plaque shall be approved by the City Manager prior to installation.

Section 3. If any section, paragraph, clause or provision of this Resolution shall be held invalid, said invalidity shall not affect any other provision of this Resolution.

Section 4 This Resolution shall be in full force and effect after its passage and approval in the manner provided by law.

Section 5. That this Resolution is being passed pursuant to the Home Rule Authority of the City of Freeport as given by Section 6 of Article VII of the Illinois Constitution of 1970, as amended.

RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF FREEPORT, ILLINOIS this ____ day of _______________, 2017.
__________________________
Dovie L. Anderson, City Clerk
APPROVED this____ day of___________, 2017.
__________________________
Jodi Miller, Mayor

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