The Great Seal by derek Wietelmann

The Great American Seal is an important symbol of the United States of America. It represents the heroes that helped us to get where we are now; a free, independent community, with liberty and justice as our leaders stood for in the Revolutionary war.

The famous Benjamin Franklin had the original idea of having a Seal for the States, but a man named Charles Thomson designed/created it.

The Seal is often found on many government papers.

On the front of the symbol there is an eagle for the National Bird. Its talon clutches an olive branch with 13 leaves for a symbol of peace. In the other, it holds 13 arrows for a symbol of defense and war. On its chest there is a shield. On the shield it has a blue band for Congress. It has 13 white and red stripes for the thirteen colonies, once again. It has a ribbon in its beak, reading "E pluribus Unum," meaning "Out of many, one."

  • Seals have been used by rulers for over 6,000 years.
  • Congress chose The Seal only by Thomson's description, they never saw it before it was chosen.
  • The Secretary of State is the one responsible for and is in charge of The Great Seal.


Created with images by PublicDomainPictures - "america american eagle" • marc falardeau - "FLAG"

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