Our mission is to defend, promote, and assist in the awareness and furtherance of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” on public buildings, structures, monuments, the printed page, and to encourage our godly heritage in various other aspects.



Since January 2015 over 80 municipalities have voted “yes” to display

“In God We Trust” in and on their government buildings. Over 250 displays have been installed so far in 50 NC counties and 37 town halls. In addition to providing these permanent displays on public buildings, some 34 N.C. sheriff departments, 14 police departments, and 20 fire department fleets have installed over 2700

“In God We Trust” reflective decals on their vehicles. All of this is a result of the efforts by the US Motto Action Committee, which after procuring the approvals by the government bodies, pays for all the cost of these displays.

It all began on November 26, 2002, when with a desire to promote patriotism, Rick Lanier led the Davidson County Board of Commissioners to publicly display “In God We Trust’ on the exterior of the Davidson County Governmental Center, on which installation completed December 29, 2002.

On December 30, 2002 Rick co-founded the US Motto Action Committee.

On June 24, 2003 two ACLU funded attorneys filed a Federal lawsuit against Davidson County citing that the motto violated the “Separation of Church and State”. Due to the proactive efforts of the USMAC the Davidson County Board of Commissioners unanimously decided to accept the assistance of the NC Association of County Commissioners and fight the lawsuit, all agreeing that it was worth the fight. In May 2004, U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen, Sr dismissed the lawsuit, citing no church/state conflict. On May 13, 2005 the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed Judge Osteen’s opinion. Then in finality, on November 14, 2005 the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thus making the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling case law. (Ref. 407F 3d 266 Lambeth v. The Board of Commissioners of Davidson County, North Carolina, Case No. 04-1753 4th Circuit Court of Appeals).

The mission statement of the USMAC is To defend, promote and assist in the awareness and furtherance or our U.S. motto, “In God We Trust” on public buildings, structures, monuments, the printed page, and to encourage our Godly Heritage in various other aspects. The immediate goal of the USMAC is to reach o all 100 counties and as many town halls as possible with a request to prominently and proudly display our great motto. The average cost is around $2500.00 per location. If you as a business, church, civic organization, or a private individual would like to contribute to this great work you may do so simply by mailing your check to USMAC at PO Box 1351, Lexington, NC 27293. For further inquiries or to learn more about the USMAC feel free to call Rick Lanier at 336-798-7700 or by e-mail at usmotto02@gmail.com or 7thheaven@windstream.net


Updated June 23, 2017 US Motto Brochure

The Last Stanza of Rick Lanier’s “Fight” Song