On September 17, 1787, 39 of the 55 Constitutional Convention delegates signed the U.S. Constitution into law. In 2004, September 17 was designated as National Constitution Day to celebrate America’s founding document.
Another is to read an informative and fun book, We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Children of all ages can enjoy learning about the fundamental principles on which America was founded. The book celebrates the ideals the Constitution’s Preamble highlights: unity, justice, peaceable living, national security, defense against threats both foreign and domestic, promoting the general welfare of citizens, and securing the Blessings of Liberty.
While September 17th is an important date, every day of the year is one to remember the freedoms and liberties the document protects. And, October 3 and Thanksgiving Day, are equally important dates linked to the Constitution.
America’s first president George Washington issued a proclamation on Oct. 3, 1789, making the fourth Thursday of November a day for “offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations.”
It was imperative for Washington that this new nation, every year, in unity, publicly express gratitude to God for the U.S. Constitution and America’s new government. Washington proclaimed:
“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor– and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”
Today, both adults and children alike can re-learn and celebrate, like the Founders, the principals of unity, justice, peaceable living, national security, defense against threats both foreign and domestic, promoting the general welfare of its citizens, and securing the Blessings of Liberty.