By Nancy Davis
TEA Party Publicity
There will be a Constitution Day Celebration at Lee Newton Park on Saturday, Sept. 17, beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free. There will be live music by Dash Crackers and other bands, food, fun and a day you will not forget! Come remember Constitution Day with us.
Originally dubbed Citizenship Day, it was to be the time we remembered and recognized the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens legally. Sept. 17, 1787, was the day the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution. We seem to have forgotten our American pride in this document as well.
The law that established Constitution Day was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill. And so Citizenship Day became Constitution Day. It mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education announced the enactment of this law and that it would apply to any school receiving federal funds of any kind. But even though this was done in 2004, our own school system had to be reminded that the law exists. Yes, we seem to have forgotten again.
A proclamation for Jasper/ Pickens County was signed this month to recognize the week of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. We ask that all citizens of Jasper/Pickens County fly the American flag at their homes and businesses the entire week. This should be a time to rejoice and realize how blessed America really is. People from all over the world recognize the freedoms the Constitution affords and try desperately to get to America to have the opportunities that freedom allows! Alas, have we forgotten?
On Sept. 27, the Pickens County TEA Party monthly meeting will be held at Chattahoochee Technical College in Jasper to present one more opportunity to help you see what blessings the U.S. Constitution has afforded Americans. Joe Hendricks, assistant district attorney for the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, will be the guest speaker to give you a today view of the law in America. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. It is another chance to learn and share America.
We should never forget our patriots, our citizens and our U.S. Constitution. Fly your flags proudly and remember all the men and women in our military who defend all the freedoms we so take for granted. Stand up and celebrate. May God bless and keep America strong!