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Constitution Day


Happy Constitution Day

17 Sep 2021 | Col. Curtis V. Ebitz Marine Corps Air Station New River

234 years ago today, we commemorate the 39 delegates who signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on Sept. 17, 1787, that guarantees all Americans their essential rights and to create a government for the people, by the people.

The Constitution is divided into three major parts, the preamble, seven articles and amendments. The preamble explains why the Constitution was written and the major goals it hopes to accomplish. The single most important part of the preamble is the first three words, “We the people…” affirming that the government of the United States exists solely to serve its citizens.

The remainder of the Constitution consists of seven articles and the amendments. The seven articles outline the three branches of government and specific powers and responsibilities of the government. Each article contains different sections and clauses that help organize the document. Last, the amendments, that include the first ten called the “Bill of Rights,” are additions and changes that have been made to the Constitution since its ratification.

Today is also a day we recognize people who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens. Let us reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen!

Semper Fidelis.