Carved in stone: the foundation of freedom

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It’s easy to take freedom for granted. If we’re complacent about our core liberties, we’re less likely to notice when there’s a gradual erosion.

Of course, the best way to build awareness of our core freedoms is through education. That’s why the announcement of the nation’s first monument to the Bill of Rights comes as particularly good news.

Chris Bliss, a writer and comedian who oversees, a nonpartisan foundation supporting the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, has raised the money and paved the way for the new monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza in Phoenix, across from the state capitol.

The dedication is set for Dec. 15, the too-often-overlooked Bill of Rights Day.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced this new national holiday, but the attack on Pearl Harbor and World War II took all of the momentum out of the commemoration., along with the 1 for All campaign supported by the First Amendment Center, Newseum, Knight Foundation, McCormick Foundation and the American Society of News Editors, are among the voices calling for greater visibility and respect for this historic day, the Bill of Rights’ birthday.

Bliss’ project is an inspiring and long-term way to remind adults and schoolchildren of the foundational role of the Bill of Rights in our democracy. The monument was designed and sculpted by Joseph Kincannon of Austin, Texas, and includes a series of 10 limestone models representing the amendments.

You can find more information at


White House proclamation urges support for Bill of Rights Day

The holiday that got away: why we need to honor the Bill of Rights on Dec. 15


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