Two Hundred Years Of Freedom
Posted On: 2009-01-02
Can anybody tell me what holiday falls on September 17. It's Citizenship Day or Constitution Day. Probably you've been talking about the reason for that holiday in school. If you don't already know it, on September 17, 200 years ago, the founders of this country agreed upon the US Constitution.
It is by far the oldest written constitution of any country in the world, and it is the main reason that we enjoy freedom today. The Constitution established our form of government, and perhaps more important, it guarantees the rights of citizenship that we all enjoy.
Most of us take those rights for granted. We can't imagine living in a country where people cannot speak freely, worship God as they wish, or join associations that criticize the government and blast the President. But there are billions of people in the world without any of those rights.
Remember that as you grow older and begin to vote, pay taxes, and perhaps become a leader in government or civic affairs. The Constitution is the foundation stone of this country, which is why the President and many other officials take an oath "to protect and defend the Constitution. " Each of us should take the same oath because it is the basis of our liberty.