We’ve been getting a lot of requests for patriotic and religious stickers lately. Emotions are running high since the last presidential election and it’s a good time to remember all the things we have in common, regardless of political affiliation.
History of the US Motto
In 2011, Congress voted to reaffirm In God We Trust as the national motto of the United States. This was partly a criticism of President Obama who said in Jakarta one year earlier, that the US national motto was E Pluribus Unum.
While it is true that In God We Trust is the current official motto, E Pluribus Unum was the official motto in earlier times. It was adopted in 1782 and it is still found on the Great Seal of the United States.
The Great Seal
Soon after signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson began work on the design of a seal and a motto for their new nation. Artist Eugène Pierre Du Simitière worked on the design with them. Several years and a number of committees later, Congress approved the final design which features an American bald eagle clutching thirteen arrows in one talon and an olive branch in the other, along with the official motto E Pluribus Unum. This original design is still in use today on the on the Great Seal of the United States.
In God We Trust
In God We Trust was first used on coinage during the Civil War. The motto originated with Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase when he asked Congress to pass a law to change the composition of the two-cent piece to include the motto In God we trust. Congress approved the change in 1864 and the motto eventually appeared on many U.S. coins and currencies. It was made the official motto in 1956 at the height of the Cold War, as the fear of communism swept the nation.
On July 30, 1956, a law was passed stating “the national motto of the United States is hereby declared to be In God we trust. The House Judiciary Committee recognized that the phrase E Pluribus Unum had also received wide usage in the United States, and the joint resolution did not repeal or prohibit its use as a national motto. In 1963 the Department of State took the following position: In God we trust is the motto of the United States. It seems to the Department, nevertheless, that there is ample basis both in history and in law for calling E Pluribus Unum a motto of the United States. The Congress has used both.
Patriotic And Religious Stickers
Whether you prefer In God We Trust, E Pluribus Unum or another motto on your stickers, you’ve come to the right place. We make stickers in all sizes and shapes – just pick a shape and upload your artwork. Add a short message and you’re done.