Cornerstone of freedom Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2014
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, in 2004, Congress designated Wednesday as Constitution Day.

We encourage everyone to observe this important day for America.  We also encourage you to read and understand this cornerstone document and to research our founding fathers with your children to ignite their interest in our  nation’s history.

As we reflect and think about the Constitution, let us never forget our gratitude to the men and women who defend it — America’s service members and civilian employees.  You are very important to our nation’s defense, and we are proud to serve with each of you.

Maneuver support starts here.

Victory starts here.

Army Strong!

(Editor’s note: Smith is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Murphy is MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command  sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 September 2014 )