The cornerstone of our nation has been taken for granted by most Americans since it was put in place on Sept. 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
The signing of the Constitution of the United States of America that day marked on the most important acts in history of our nation. The delegates to the convention recognized the dangers inherent in concentrating too much power in one person, branch or institution. The precisely written document is a perfect example of the rules for a republican form of government.
It should never be forgotten and that’s why organizations such as the Fort Vallonia chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and other chapters of that organization like to focus attention on it during Constitution Week, that began Sunday with Constitution Day and ends Sept. 23.
By national decree, the president of the United States issues a proclamation each year designating Sept. 17 to 23 as Constitution Week.
Presidents, congressmen and congresswomen and Supreme Court justices may come and go, but the Constitution put in place 230 years ago remains this country’s foundation.