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Constitution Day

September 17, 1787 marked the signing of the Constitution.  This year, we celebrated the 227th anniversary!  

To honor this day, Congress voted in 1952 to formally designate September 17th as Constitution Day, and in 2004 an amendment further instructed that Federal law require public schools to observe that day, but sadly, studies show that up to 90 percent of schools ignore the law.  Take this time to learn some of our founding history with your children and have an active role in their education.  You just might learn something new too!

The overview:
  There were 55 
representatives from the 13 states involved in drafting the constitution in May of 1787.  On September 17, 1787, 39 men, including George Washington, James Madison Jr, and Benjamin Franklin, signed the document in Philadephia, Pennsylvania.  The Constitution explains how the U.S. government would be set up.  The first ten amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, were added in December 1791.  It is a list of American's basic rights.  

Here is a fun 
quiz to see how well you know the constitution!  

The connection: The constitution is not a Godless document as many try to claim. Many of its clauses directly incorporate religious principles, and the Founders who wrote and ratified it specifically acknowledged God in its creation.  They also opened their sessions in prayer.

"I do not believe that the Constitution was the offspring of inspiration, but I am as perfectly satisfied that the Union of the States in its form and adoption is as much the work of a Divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament." -
Benjamin Rush 

Information sourced from Wallbuilders.  They have so many great resources on American History.

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