By Staff Report
September 17th is Constitution Day, the 225th anniversary of the primary governing document for We the People. This Saturday, September 15th, ACWA (American Conservative Women in Action) of Franklin County is sponsoring the second annual Constitution Day Celebration in St. Albans. The event will take place from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Taylor Park, St. Albans.
Linda Kirker, the inspiration behind the day’s activities, believes that today our Constitution, the protector of our rights, needs protecting itself. Too many people don’t know what the Constitution says, what it does, or why. Our own ignorance leaves us vulnerable to those who would take our rights away to further their own power or self-interest. This realization led Kirker to learn more about the Constituion herself, and to become a founding member of ACWA with the mission “to preserve and protect our Constitution and American freedoms for future generations – our children and grandchildren.”
ACWA’s press release states:
The purpose of this Constitutional celebration is to remind us why the founders created the Supreme Law of the Land, a document designed to keep us a free nation with limited, clearly-defined federal government powers and protected individual liberties. The founders knew that in order to keep our freedoms and the rights protected for us by the Constitution, we would need to be a people of integrity and industry. They also believed that our rights could easily be taken from us if we, the citizens, were not educated, vigilant and involved. We are empowered by the Constitution ONLY if we assume our responsibilities as citizens in a government of, by and for the people, as Abraham Lincoln stated in his Gettysburg address.
With our First Amendment rights under attack from our own Congressional Delegation (Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are pushing to change our Constitution in a way that would gut our rights to free speech, free press, peaceable assembly, and to petition government), more Constitution Day celebrations like ACWA’s would be a good idea.