Thursday, September 17, 2009
Report from U.S. House
Last week marked the eighth anniversary of one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history. As we remember September 11, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the attacks, as well as their families, friends, and loved ones.
Americans nationwide pitched in to help after that fateful day, sacrificing their own safety to rescue others in need, and I would like to express my utmost gratitude for these heroes. Along with individuals from across the country, nearly 60 Mississippians enrolled in the Health Registry as first responders during September 11 and its aftermath.
Today, we continue to be the resilient nation that we always have been. Honoring the victims of September 11 reminds us of the importance of homeland security and safe borders, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to protect American soil and American freedoms.
This month, we also honor the Constitution and its protection of American freedoms. On September 17, 1787 the Constitution was signed by 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention and became a living, breathing, legal document less than a year later. In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week to commemorate the birth of this great nation and to continue the legacy of the Constitution’s signatories. In 2004, the 17th of each September was designated as Constitution Day.
Today, the Constitution continues to protect American freedoms, and we are fortunate to be able to celebrate Constitution Day every year. The United States Constitution is the world’s longest surviving written charter of government. “We the People” affirms that the United States government exists to serve it citizens, and I am proud to serve my constituents in North Mississippi’s First Congressional District and have the opportunity to protect your interests on a daily basis because of this great document.
I look forward to commemorating Constitution Day this year and every year to come. Thank you to the men and women who honorably serve our country at home and overseas so that we may continue to live by the freedoms our Constitution protects. For more information on Constitution Day, visit the National Constitution Center website at www.constitutioncenter.org.
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