In my late teens, while working a summer job at the Department of Agriculture, I enjoyed many lunch hours on the beautiful grounds of the Washington Monument. The majestic 555 ft. stone obelisk, with all 50 American flags waving in the breeze around it, was a wonderful sign of freedom.
Years later, I learned about the capstone. It has a Latin inscription Laus deo ("Praise God") that faces east (illumination) and is the highest point in the capital city. One nation under God. By law no other building is permitted to exceed the height of the Washington Monument. Also on July 4th, 1848 when the cornerstone was laid, many items were deposited within it, including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society.
What a wonderful thought that each morning as the sun comes up, the 555 ft. capstone greets a new day with an upward reminder to praise and thank God for all the blessings we have in Him. God is Love.
Happy July 4th!
Love and joyful blessings,
P.S. Curious about the symbolism of 555, in Doreen Virtues's book, Healing with Angels, it means:
Buckle your seat belt because a major life change is upon you. This change should be not viewed as being "positive" or "negative," since all change is but a natural part of life's flow. Perhaps this change is an answer to your prayers, so continue seeing and feeling yourself being at peace."
In numerology, the number 5 indicates moving beyond the limitation of the four-sided square to a pentagon or five sided expansive foundation. Freedom! Five is also symbolic of the five-pointed star, also a symbol of humankind.
(1934 capstone repaired, public domain)
(photos from web)