The Washington Monument's Mormon Inscription

by | May 19, 2014


The phrase is inscribed on every LDS temple across the globe: "Holiness to the Lord." It marks the space as sacred Mormon ground, as God’s house.

And it’s also found inside the Washington Monument.

The 555-foot-tall monument reopened last week after a three-year closure to fix cracked stones from a 2011 earthquake near the nation’s capital, and politicians heralded the original public-private partnership that helped build the obelisk as a tribute to America’s first president. A similar public-private effort went into checking, correcting and rechecking the 20,000 marble stones that make up the iconic American monument so it could open again.

Utahns may not realize their own contribution to the towering symbol of democracy.

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