Happy Constitution Day! On this day in 1787, 39 men from 12 of the 13 colonies signed their name to a document outlining the new form of American government: the Constitution of the United States. The Constitution proved to be a necessity after the Articles of Confederation failed to provide an adequate governance for the new nation. Since its ratification by all 13 colonies just a few years later, the Constitution has served as the supreme law of the land in America. It’s the compass by which our laws are written and determined.
The Constitution holds a special meaning for veterans, who swear an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and “bear true faith and allegiance to same.” Millions of men and women have taken that oath and have stood in harm’s way to ensure the rights and ideas codified within the lines of this single document.
Today is a great opportunity to reflect not just on the foresight and brilliance which influenced our Constitution, but the sacrifices that have been made to defend it. Our society has progressed and our world has infinitely changed from the world of 1787, but the words and spirit of the Constitution still survive. The concepts of representative governing, guaranteed freedoms, and limited government are still worth fighting for. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “the price of freedom is eternal vigilance” – and luckily we’re a nation of citizens who will remain vigilant to guard freedom and the Constitution.
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