Congress reaffirms "In God We Trust" as nation's motto

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

It's been the country's motto for 55 years, and for now "In God We Trust" is here to stay.

We see it every day, "In God We Trust" is plastered on every dollar bill and coin.

After some confusion, the U.S. House of Representatives reaffirmed "In God We Trust" as the nation's motto.

"It was needed in part because President Obama had once inaccurately called 'pluribus unum' the national motto meaning 'from many one'," said Congressman Hal Rogers.

Congressman Rogers says the vote was important to reaffirm that our nation trusts in God.

"It's the truth, and it explains who we are and why we are. We are a nation that early from it's very beginnings included the idea that we were a God trusting people," said Congressman Rogers.

And for many here in eastern Kentucky, "In God We Trust" is more than just a saying.

"'In God We Trust,' the American flag, it's all symbols of our heritage. And if we don't keep our heritage it's not going to work," said Hazard native Gracie Smith.

And for now, "In God We Trust" will remain a symbol for what our nation was founded upon.

The phrase was first seen on coins during the Civil War in 1854. "In God We Trust" was officially adopted as our motto in 1956.

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