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United We Stand

The motto "United We Stand" has been used since the days of the American Revolution, when it originated in the fourth verse of The Liberty Song, a patriotic ballad composed by John Dickinson in 1768. The slogan later became a rallying cry for the Union cause during the Civil War. In the early 20th century, labor unions employed it in their struggle for better working conditions. During World War II, "United We Stand" expressed not only American patriotism but unity among Allied Nations. As Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands stated in her address to the U.S. Congress on August 5, 1942, "United we stand, and united we will achieve victory." Both the phrase and the U.S. flag reemerged as symbols of unity and inspiration after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, when Americans confronted yet another national crisis.

America’s ageless patriotic rallying cry and its universally-recognized flag are preserved forever in this flawless stamp ingot. The stamp was issued in 2001, less than one month after the attacks on the World Trade Center. The motto "United We Stand," which originated in a patriotic ballad from 1768, had reemerged as a means of unifying the nation. "Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all, By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall; In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed, For heaven approves of each generous deed."

John Dickinson, 1768