March 4th, does the date ring a bell?

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  • By Lt. Col. Sherry Hemby
  • 934th Aerial Evacuation Squadron commander
What great historical event occurred March 4, 1789?

For those folks who have a hard time remembering historical dates, I will give you another clue:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

This past week, I talked with four young Airmen and asked them what the Constitution meant to them. Their responses were:
1. "The Constitution was designed to take care of every citizen of this new country and provide for them a world of protection, guidance and equality."
2. "The Constitution gives America an outline and the guidance on how our country should be run."
3. "The Constitution is what our government laws are based from and what many Americans proudly use to base their views on what freedom is."
4. "The U.S. Constitution was a document created as a set of ground rules for our newly founded country in order to protect the rights that were deemed important."

After a brief discussion, they decided to go online to conduct some research. The results of their research are as follows:
Fifty-five members of the "Constitutional Convention" referred to as our "Founding Fathers" held a meeting and signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at what we now call Independence Hall. These members were attorneys, accountants, farmers, merchants and one Native American.

The convention was organized in a response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of the Confederation and a need for a centralized government. It was only after four months of secret debate and compromise that the proposed document was submitted for approval. Federal government became an official governing body in 1789. The first U.S. Congress convened in New York City from March 4 until September 29; 28 Senators and six representatives sat for the 13 states. The Constitution for the United States of America was established.

According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America. The Constitution is the framework for the organization of the United States government. This encompasses the relationship of the federal government with the states, citizens, and all people within the United States.

The Constitution creates the three branches of the national government: a legislature, Congress; an executive branch led by the President; and a judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. The Constitution specifies the powers and duties of each branch.
The Constitution was ratified by conventions in each state in the name of "The People". The Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times; the first ten amendments are known as the Bill of Rights.