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"The Birthday of Your Government"

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.”
 -- Patrick Henry, American lawyer, patriot and orator, 1736-1799.

"On Sept. 17, 1787," the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia reminds us, "the U.S. Constitution was signed by thirty-nine brave men who changed the course of history."

Constitution Day is a time for all ages to think about how precious -- and fragile -- our rights are. It's up to each one of us, with our voice and our vote, to make sure our rights are protected, for us and for generations to come.

The Constitution Center has provided some wonderful tools for us:
The Bill of Rights Online Game
, 10 Fast Facts on the Constitution, and Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline.

Abraham Lincoln warned, “Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

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