U.S. Constitution Day 2010

September 17, 2010 | NeW Staff

Do you know what the significance of today is?  Like many Americans you may simply think its Friday, the weekend starts tomorrow!  However, today is U.S. Constitution Day, a day of extreme significance.  As I learned two summers ago from Matthew Spalding, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., part of the reason for the Constitution’s enduring strength is that it is the complement of the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was crafted as the philosophy of our nation and the Constitution created the form of government that was the fulfillment of that philosophy.

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by 39 brave patriots who would change the course of history. Because of their efforts, they helped create the greatest country in the world.

Today marks the 223rd anniversary of this noble document and I do not want people to forget about it.  This year at the University of Florida I gave approximately 100 pocket Declaration of Independences and Constitutions to my former and current teachers to hand out to their classes.  I encourage you all to take time out of your busy schedules today and to educate yourself and/or others about this valuable document, one in which is constantly under attack. 

Also, if you are interested in getting your own pocket Declaration of Independence and Constitution you can order one by visiting

Let us not let people forget about what our country was built on and what some of our politicians seemed to have forgotten to read.


Your loyal NeW Florida Chair,

Jean Morrow

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