The phrase “In God We Trust” became America’s national motto by act of congress in 1956. Now, that motto is prominently displayed in the City Council chamber at Fresno City Hall.

“It’s about faith, can’t dispute it is about faith, it’s about values, it’s about patriotism. That’s what our community is about – that’s what makes our city great,” said Councilman Garry Bredefeld.

650 cities throughout the country have adopted the national motto in their chambers. Fresno is the latest and largest city in California to approve the motto’s display.

“The great thing about this is that we have people from all faiths who support this – we have them here today from different faiths,” Bredefeld said. “That’s the beauty about “In God We Trust” – it doesn’t choose a religion, it’s about faith.”

Councilman Steve Brandau commented, “I hope that the words there behind me will inspire me to really trust in God.”

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