"In God We Trust" to be displayed over Morgan County courthouse

"In God We Trust" to be displayed over Morgan County courthouse entrances

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"This falls in line with our legion constitution and bylaws where we do support the constitutionality of our religious beliefs, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights," said Podewils. "This falls in line with our legion constitution and bylaws where we do support the constitutionality of our religious beliefs, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights," said Podewils.
The words "In God We Trust" will be added to the outside of the courthouse. The words "In God We Trust" will be added to the outside of the courthouse.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

WARTBURG (WATE) - Morgan County veterans are working to have the words "In God We Trust" put on the outside of the courthouse.

The measure has already been approved by county commission.

"We have a couple of different entrances here at the courthouse, and we're going to have the words 'In God We Trust' over each of the entrances. So whenever a citizen walks in, they will be able to see that above the entrance," said Executive Assistant to the County Executive TJ Aytes.

The project won't be paid for with taxpayer money. The American Legion in Wartburg is taking donations.

Commander Bill Podewils says the project has special meaning for the veterans group.

"One of our members wives called me and said, 'Have you thought about doing something with In God We Trust as the courthouse?' This falls in line with our legion constitution and bylaws where we do support the constitutionality of our religious beliefs, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights," said Podewils.

The donations wouldn't just be to put the signs in place.

"We don't want to do a one time thing, say put them up," Podewils explained, "because in three or four years, they're going to need to be fixed or painted or whatever and we want to make sure we have that capability to continue to do that."

The County Executive's office says that so far they have seen no opposition to putting the words 'In God We Trust' on the courthouse.

"The citizens that we spoke with and that contacted our office have all supported this resolution. The county commission supported it, everyone that was there in the meeting, they supported it also," added Aytes.

A similar proposal has already been approved in Anderson County.

The American Legion hopes to have the new signs up by the end of May.

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