Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quick! September 17- What Day Is It?

Think, think, think.  Remember those history lessons of old?  Nope, it's not the birthday of a famous president.  Nope, it's not the day somebody rode a horse.

It's Constitution Day!  The day in time when the delegates who had been summoned to Philadelphia signed our current form of government into existence.  After months of debate through a long, hot summer, today is the day when the pen was inked and paper signed.

This is such an important part of our nation's history, yet so few of our population even think of it.  Thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution for reminding us
that all Americans should stand up and shout "Happy Constitution Day."

From the James Waldrop Chapter of the National Society of the DAR in Fayetteville, GA, come the following words in honor of the day.

This month we celebrate the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 delegates from the 13 colonies.  This celebration of America’s most important document is one of the country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. That resolution was signed into law in 1956 by President Eisenhower.
In the words of our President, “In signing the Constitution, the framers provided a model of American leadership for generations to come. Through controversy and division, they built a lasting structure of government that began with the words, ‘We the people’ this week we celebrate our Founders' timeless vision, we resolve to stay true to their spirit of patriotism and unity."