Upon suggestion from one of Terrell’s finest, Chief of Police Jody L. Lay and Terrell Police Department command staff quickly supported, approved and welcomed an addition to the Terrell Police Department motor vehicle fleet.

Following a movement of several other area agencies, the familiar black and white marked Police Tahoe’s will now proudly display the motto of the United States of America, “In God We Trust.”

“The modern motto of the United States of America, was established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower- In God We Trust. The phrase “In God We Trust” as a motto for currency (but not as a national motto) first appeared on United States coins dating back as far as 1864.

A phrase similar to “In God We Trust” appears in the final stanza of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key (and later adopted as the U.S. national anthem on March 3, 1931 by U.S. President Herbert Hoover), the song contains an early reference to a variation of the phrase: “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’

The change from “E Pluribus Unum” to “In God We Trust” was generally considered uncontroversial at the time, given the rising influence of organized religion and pressures of the Cold War era in the 1950s. The 1956 law was one of several legislative actions Congress took to differentiate the United States from atheistic Communism. Earlier, a 1954 act added the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.”

36 U.S.C. § 302 National motto

“U.S. on the History of “In God We Trust””. United States Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 2009-04-22.
United States Public Law 84-851, United States Public Law 84-851.
50th Anniversary of Our National Motto, “In God We Trust,” 2006, Proclamation of George W. Bush, White House.
James Hudnut-Beumler, Looking for God in the Suburbs: The Religion of the American Dream and Its Critics, 1945- 1965 (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1994), pp. 50-51.

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