We the People… This phrase is known across the United States as the beginning of our country’s most important document, The Constitution. You may remember from this article, that the Constitution is home to our country’s laws. On September 17, we celebrate Constitution Day.
Everyone knows the United States’ birthday: July 4, 1776. That was the day the Colonies declared independence from England. Well, after winning the war, the new U.S.A. needed a set of rules. Thirty-nine representatives [people chosen to speak for others] met together to create the Constitution.
The founders did not always agree about what should be in the Constitution. They had to make many compromises [a way of settling an argument where each side gives up something]. After several long months, the founders signed the Constitution on September 17th, 1787.
Today, we celebrate the important work done by these men 231 years ago. We also celebrate being citizens. Many people agree that the United States isn’t a perfect place. We do not always agree with each other. We still find ways to cooperate and compromise. We are still one nation under the United States Constitution.
What Do You Think? Why should we honor our Constitution?
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