North Carolina’s Surry County has voted to put the phrase “In God We Trust” on the Surry County Government Center and the county courthouse, as part of a movement headed by the U.S. Motto Action Committee.
The national motto will also be displayed on 37 other public buildings across North Carolina.
According to The Mount Airy News, in a letter penned by former Davidson County Commissioner and co-founder of the U.S. Motto Action Committee, Rick Lanier, to the Surry County Board of Commissioners the group is described as “[promoting] patriotism by encouraging local officials to ‘Vote Yes’ to display In God We Trust in and on their government buildings.”
Lanier, who co-founded the committee in 2002, described the national motto as “a profound source of strength and guidance to many generations of Americans.”
Surry County Commissioners were also given a copy of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision in Lambeth v. Board of Commissioners, in which the court decided that Davidson County was within its rights to install the motto on public buildings.
While “In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. currency in 1864, the phrase did not become the national motto until 1956.
According to Fox 8, the U.S. Motto Action Committee will raise fundraising donations for the installation of the letters, which will range from $1,000 to $4,000.