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Subject: Washington Monument
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: horsetrader-ga
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Posted: 22 Nov 2003 08:55 PST
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Question ID: 279336
Where can it be verified that the words, "Laus Deo" engraved upon the
aluminum cap atop the
Washington Monument?
Subject: Re: Washington Monument
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 22 Nov 2003 09:44 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello there

The US National Park Service "officialy" verifies your claim:

"The Monument?s aluminum metal apex, representing a small pyramid,
5.6? on each base side and 8.9? high was set December 6, 1884, on top
of the 3,300-pound capstone. The apex was engraved with the names of
the engineers and notables who completed the monument, and on one side
contained the words: Laus Deo, Praise God."

"This article was taken from the Internet web-site of the National
Park Service, District of Columbia. It is the abbreviated version of a
longer, fully detailed and illustrated article by Bro. Scott on the
Masonic stones of the Washington National Monument."

Gary T. Scott, 32, K.C.C.H. is not only a Mason but is official Region
Historian, National Capital Area for the National Park Service.  I
guess that makes it pretty solid.

The above information is from the website of "The Scottish Rite
Journal" - "Masonic Stones of the Washington Monument"

Here is a photo of a replica of the aluminum capstone showing how the
engraving looked:
- From the website of the "Journal of the Minerals, Metals, and
Materials Society"

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If I may clarify anything, please ask.


Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 20 Jun 2004 16:26 PDT
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