Montpelier Celebrates Constitution Day

By: Autria Godfrey
By: Autria Godfrey

September 17, 2006

The home of founding father James Madison, hosted the celebration of Constitution Day Sunday morning. The ceremony included speeches from Senator Edd Houck and Delegate Ed Scott on the importance of the day.

"The United States of America was really the world's first successful democracy and our ongoing commitment to democracy and the things that we do to spread democracy around the world, I think it's very important," Delegate Scott said.

Six United States Marine Corps members from Quantico were present for a re-enlistment ceremony to re-pledge their intent of fighting to defend the constitution.

"It should be a lot more publicized and the word gotten out there, because it is definitely one of our nation's founding holidays," Pfc. Jacob Creger said.

Those in attendance enjoyed a patriotic concert, took part in a public signing of the constitution, and even heard from Mr. Madison himself about the creation of the constitution.

"Upon reflection and looking upon the various alternatives that could have taken place, the constitution shown even more brightly as the most legitimate means of satisfying the country at large," James Madison's impersonator said.

The ceremony takes place each year, rain or shine, and is free to the public.

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