Constitution Day is September 17th!

constitutionI think all Americans would agree that the United States Constitution is hands-down the most significant piece of paper in American history. It’s preamble alone summarized in a few short sentences everything the Founding Fathers hoped for for our country. It reads, “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” That was pretty bold content for the 1700’s!

Since its ratification in 1787, there have been 27 amendments made. The first 10 are commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights and are very well known and all have contributed to the country we know today. In 2015 we continue to honor the 39 men of the Philadelphia Convention who wrote and signed the Constitution in 1787. Though it has seen many changes since its creation, it still- and will forever- stands as the supreme law of the country.

It is a national holiday and is observed by schools and many businesses closing, and in many areas, honored with parades. To read the full Constitution and learn more about its history, significance, and signers, click here.

Depiction of signing the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy

Depiction of signing the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy

 

 

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