Honoring our template for freedom

Friday, September 17, 2010

The annual observance of Constitution Day — Sept. 17 this year — honors the document and the amendments to it that keep us free.

It reminds us all that the nation’s Founders created a nation of laws, first with the U.S. Constitution itself, adopted by Congress in 1787 and sent to the states for approval; and next with the Bill of Rights, proposed in 1789 and adopted in 1791.

The Bill of Rights, which includes the First Amendment, comprises 10 amendments that spell out the inalienable rights of the people and specify limits on the government’s authority.

The First Amendment Center Online offers a package of materials for educators, students and others who want to teach and learn about the Constitution and the 45 words of the First Amendment:

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