Commissioner Ken Haggard gets unanimous approval to have a sign made and placed in the courthouse that will read, “In God we trust.”
BEEVILLE – Every meeting of county commissioners begins with simple words.
“Let’s bow our heads in prayer.
“Our Heavenly Father..,” said Commissioner Eloy Rodriguez during Monday’s meeting.
So having the words “In God we trust” displayed reverently inside the courthouse went without a single word of opposition.
County Commissioner Ken Haggard led the charge on Monday to have a display placed in the rotunda of the courthouse near the 9/11 memorial U.S. flag displaying on the wall.
Haggard said that 48 other counties and cities in Texas have taken similar action to display “the historic and patriotic words of our national motto,” according to the court’s resolution.
Haggard reminded everyone that the slogan is also engraved above the entrance to the Senate chamber as well as above the speaker’s dais in the House of Representatives. “...In both war and peace these words have been a profound source of strength and guidance to many Americans...,” he read from the resolution.
The words also have been on U.S. currency since 1864, he added.
President Eisenhower signed a law making “In God we trust” the national motto in 1956.
With little discussion the court unanimously approved the idea.
Haggard said that he intended to get with Pettus school district for help.
“I would like to have their shop class make some type of design,” he said. “We will allow them to build it and design it.
“I would like to hang it with the flag we have hanging in the rotunda.”
While there was no opposition here, that isn’t true for everywhere.
Tarrant County became the center of a debate when the county tax assessor placed the motto on envelopes and said it would also be on tax statements.
In August, Ron Wright, Tarrant County tax assessor, told news media, “It is a timely reminder of the values upon which our nation was founded. It’s historic; it’s iconic. Things that are iconic to Americans, like the motto, and the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem have helped define us as a nation.”
Haggard, in his draft of the resolution, also noted, “The county of Bee desires to display this patriotic motto in the Bee County Courthouse as way to solemnize public occasions and express confidence in our society.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.