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The old and the "new." One is our old familiar Group HQ. The second pic is what it looks like today as the Korean National Library. There is an old temple on the right as you look at the building about where the canteen was. Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of it.  Submitted by: Ron Klein
The photo was provided by Sal Corrado and submitted to the Website by our Preacher Knappenberger.

From left to right (standing):Terry Poehlitz, Bill Ecock, John "Buggsy" Carr, Sal Corrado;
In the middle (under sign): Ed Steele and yours truly;

Front: L-R: unidentified, Dick "Moose" Parker (head sticking thru, he was from Saganaw), Dave "Rip" Sewell, Don Evans.

Beneath word "Homesteaders" on sign is the word (Relocated) meaning this was taken at 326th where we were housed after our evacuation from North Korea when overrun by Chinese troops in July, 1953. 
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On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington DC, are
displayed two words: Laus Deo.  No one can see these words.  In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.  Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone
you know.  I do.

But these words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of  our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of  Columbia, capital of the United States of America. Laus Deo!  Two seemingly insignificant, un-noticed words.  Out of sight and,
one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest  point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

So, what do those two words, in Latin, comprised of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean?  Very simply, they say "Praise be to God!" [Laus is Praise be and Deo means God] Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States, it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public.  It took twenty five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, "Laus Deo....Praise be to God!"

From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with it's division into four major segments.  From that vantage point.  one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant...a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north.  The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.
A cross you ask ?  Why a cross?  What about separation of church and state?  Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution.  So, read on .  .  .

How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who notice.  Praise be to God!  Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings.  As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.  On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore; on the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians; on the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.  Praise be to God!  Such was the discipline, the moral direction, the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy ..."One Nation, Under God." I am awed by Washington's prayer for America.  Have you never read it? Well now is your unique opportunity, so read on! .................
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