Constitution Day Proclamation

Northampton County Board of Supervisors adopts Proclamation designating September 17th as "Constitution Day"
Posted on 08/14/2019
We The People

Washington Constitutional Convention 1787
Painting by Junius Brutus Stearns [Public domain] of Washington at Constitutional Convention of 1787, signing of U.S. Constitution.

On August 13, 2019, the Northampton County Board of Supervisors adopted a proclamation designating September 17th as "Constitution Day" and September 15-21, 2019 as "Constitution Week". This year will mark the 232nd anniversary since the Constitutional Convention created the framework for the government of the United States of America and signed it into law by the courageous, founding delegates on September 17, 1787. 

Proclamation
Northampton County Board of Supervisors adopt Proclamation designating September 17, 2019 as Constitution Day. Please click on the image for a larger view and an ADA Accessible PDF version. 

The Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are commonly fused together in people's minds. However, the Declaration of Independence was written a decade earlier to justify breaking away from British rule. The Bill of Rights comprises the first ten amendments of the Constitution. All three documents state the idea that humans are born with certain unalienable rights which is governments' duty to protect. Government does not give us these rights; they are inherently ours because we are born free people. The function of government is to ensure our rights our protected by just laws. 

Historic Court Green Eastville
 The Declaration of Independence was read on Aug. 13, 1776, on the steps of the 1731 courthouse in Northampton County, VA (which still stands on the courthouse green- the building pictured with high pitched roof on the right). It took almost five weeks for the document to be carried from Philadelphia to Eastville. 

Jeffrey Rosen and David Rubenstein of the National Constitution Center explain the similarities and differences of these three important documents, "They are symbols of the liberty that allows us to achieve success and of the equality that ensures that we are all equal in the eyes of the law. The Declaration of Independence made certain promises about which liberties were fundamental and inherent, but those liberties didn’t become legally enforceable until they were enumerated in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In other words, the fundamental freedoms of the American people were alluded to in the Declaration of Independence, implicit in the Constitution, and enumerated in the Bill of Rights."

 -https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/white-pages/the-declaration-the-constitution-and-the-bill-of-rights

The Northampton County Board of Supervisors recognizes the importance of commemorating the framing of these enlightened and lasting ideals in the Proclamation adopted at the recent board meeting. On September 17th, consider what the U.S. Constitution stands for by revisiting it and reaffirming its empowering words. 

Sources and Links to U.S. Constitution: 

https://constitutionus.com/

https://www.constitutionday.com/

https://constitutioncenter.org/media/files/constitution.pdf

https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/white-pages/the-declaration-the-constitution-and-the-bill-of-rights


Jean Flynn
Website Content Coordinator
Northampton County, VA