LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - First appearing on law enforcement vehicles all over East Texas, "In God We Trust," now has a spot on a plaque at the entrance of Lufkin's City Council Chamber.
The community members behind the display said it puts a finishing touch on the room.
"In God we Trust" became the official motto of the country in 1956. Use of the phrase has grown in popularity in recent months.
"It just sums up my feeling for what what we should do all the time, everywhere," said Sarah Murray, a Lufkin city councilwoman.
The motto also appears on local law enforcement vehicles and is frequently used by businesses across Deep East Texas.
"We found no reason not to post it if the council wanted to post it, and if the citizens wanted to see it," said Keith Wright, Lufkin's city manager.
Councilman Robert Shankle brought the notion back from an expo he attended in Nashville, Tennessee. "When I go on a trip, I want to bring something back to Lufkin," he said.
Murray also threw her support behind the project.
"It was a general consensus that we should have this," Murray said.
The motto has been challenged in Supreme Court, but nearly 60 years later, it has stood the test of time.
"It's something that's gone to the Supreme Court. They ruled it was fine. I checked with our city attorney, and he agreed that that was the case," Wright said.
No one opposed.
"Nobody contacted us directly regarding any of the 'In God We Trust' postings," Wright said.
It now hangs proudly at the entrance of the room.
"I think it just adds a finishing touch," Murray said. "It's "signifying the nation's strength in both times of war and peace."
The Lufkin City Council members said now that they have gotten the display of the motto approved, they hope to encourage more East Texas cities to join in.