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March 15, 2010

“Praise Be To God” Visible Again Authored a letter defending

The Congressional Prayer Caucus and other leaders authored a letter to Director of the National Park Service, Mary Bomar, demanding that the replica of the top of the Washington Monument be properly displayed so that the inscription Laus Deo, which means “Praise be to God,” is fully visible. Additionally, the letter asked that all educational materials and signage accurately reflect America’s religious and spiritual heritage. The letter was sent with the signatures of 18 Members of Congress following reports that the display had been changed to remove any mention of the inscription, and the replica had been placed facing a wall so that it was hidden from view. Shortly after the letter was sent, NPS issued a statement acknowledging the oversight and committing to redesign the display so that the Laus Deo inscription could be seen.