On September 17, 1787, a gathering of delegates from 12 of the 13 original colonies signed the new United States Constitution and sent it to the colonies to ratify. Little did they know the remarkable impact this document and their contributions would have on history.

The Constitution was a revolutionary idea with radical consequences for the world. Never before had a nation been built on the ideas of natural rights, equality and self-governance. The authors of our Constitution tried out new ways for the people to be the true leaders of government. They designed a system of multiple types of representation through the two Houses in Congress who make the laws, the President and his administration who execute the laws, and the court system that interprets the laws. So far, this experiment in liberty has worked.

The vision of our Founders – and the resolve of millions in their wake – has ensured that our great American experiment has remained intact and that freedom is available for her citizens. Thanks to men and women in uniform and patriotic Americans, the Constitution has been preserved for 230 years. Happy Constitution Day!