Sunday, September 17, 2006

Do you know what today is?

Constitution Day!

U.S. Senator Byrd slipped in legislation that all schools that receive federal aid must read and celebrate the constitution. Not a bad idea. Knowing our rights helps us appreciate our rights.

Whatever we do, let's not make it yet another Monday holiday. There are too many already! Friday would be fine.

Did you know Constitution Day all got started in a little town in Ohio? From Louisville's website:

In 1952, Louisville resident Olga T. Weber petitioned municipal officials to establish Constitution Day, in honor of the ratification of the US Constitution in 1789. Presiding Mayor Gerald A. Romary proclaimed September 17, 1952, as Constitution Day in the city. The following April, Weber requested that the Ohio General Assembly proclaim September 17 as state-wide Constitution Day. Her request was signed into law by Governor Frank J. Lausche.

Weber didn't stop there. In August 1953, she urged the United States Senate to pass a resolution designating September 17-23 as Constitution Week. The Senate and House approved her request and it was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On April 15, 1957, the City Council of Louisville declared the city Constitution Town. The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society later donated four historical markers, located at the four main entrances to the city, explaining Louisville's role as originator of Constitution Day.

And by the way, that's Lou - issss - ville, not Louey - ville.

I'm off to feel all patritotic.

Happy Constitution Day!

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