Memorable Monday: “We the People …”

Constitution

The celebration of Constitution Week continues through Wednesday, September 23.

The U.S. Constitution is the document that established our national government, our fundamental laws and our inalienable rights. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document on September 17, 1787, and then sent it to the states to be ratified.

The delegates established the federal government with three branches – executive, legislative and judicial– along with a system of checks and balances to ensure that no single branch would have too much power. Added to the Consitution is the Bill of Rights. These are the 10 amendments guaranteeing our basic individual protections such as freedom of speech and religion. The Bill of Rights became part of the Constitution in 1791.

The annual observance of the U.S. Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17 – 23 for an annual observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

In the words of some of the signers:

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”Benjamin Franklin

“The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”James Madison

“If it be asked, What is the most sacred duty and the greatest source of our security in a Republic? The answer would be, An inviolable respect for the Constitution and Laws.”Alexander Hamilton

 

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