Cornerstone of freedom

By Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith
and Command Sgt. Maj. Terrence Murphy

Special to GUIDON

Service members, leaders, civilians, Families, and teammates:

“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.”

These words begin the most celebrated document in American history, filled with the rights and guarantees of a free people, where individuals can choose their paths and enjoy the freedoms for which many have sacrificed. 

On Sept. 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created. 

Although Sept. 17 has since been observed under several different nomenclatures,…     Read More...