Sept. 17, 1787, 39 courageous men signed the Constitution of the United States of America; an act of bravery that forever altered the course of history. Our challenge is to instill good citizen habits within our children, neighbors and communities. To begin, bring honor to this day by actively celebrating.
Host a 223rd birthday party for the Constitution with children (your children, grandchildren or neighbors’ children) complete with a birthday cake, presents and balloons. Offer each child a gift package containing a slip of paper with one of the following inscribed words: justice, domestic tranquility, common defense, general welfare or liberty. When the child opens the package, discuss its meaning and provide a reward for answering the applicable question.
Using this link, you can register to view the free live webcasting of the Constitution Day ceremonies delivered from Washington DC. The variety of debates and panels will be shown live from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Topics range from “Why we celebrate Constitution Day” to a debate titled “Civil liberties and Islamic terrorism.”
Have the children enter the U.S. Constitution Day poster contest offered by GovDoc Kids Group. Be sure their design is reflecting the freedoms ensured by the US Constitution. To download the entry form, which must be postmarked by Oct. 1, visit www.govdocs4children.
Rather than ranting about the negative aspects of government, develop habits which promote its positives. Be proactive in reminding others about each other of our Founding Fathers. Find one of their quotes and use it as a signature line in all your e-mails. A couple examples: “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” – Abraham Lincoln, or “Democracy … is a system of self-determination. It’s the right to make the wrong choice.” – John Patrick.
Become a U.S. Constitution trivia queen/king by learning and sharing related facts with your friends. Small tidbits of information will do, such as: How Many constitutions has the United States had? The answer is two, with the current and the first being the Articles of Confederation. Or, which Founding Father was opposed to the Constitution until the Bill of Rights was added? The answer, of course is Patrick Henry. If you’re running low on constitution information, you can brush up at http://www.constitutionday, where you’ll also find Constitution-related crossword puzzles, word searches and your Constitution IQ.
Perhaps before elections in November, we can take time to become reacquainted with this document and its colorful history. Encourage the reflection and study of the U.S. Constitution. Share copies with your book club, peers or neighbors. This link will provide your free copy of the US Constitution now and throughout the year.
Our Constitution is the longest-lasting constitution written in the history of humanity. It is the foundation for our stability and greatness. In times of political upheaval, we (as well as future generations of we) need to look back to our Founding Fathers and emanate their love of this country. If we only know of corruption, that is what we will teach. It starts with the power of one. Take this day to learn, honor and recommit to the principles of our Constitution.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”