Constitution Day.The Reverend John Andrew Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution pulled out all the bells and whistles Tuesday for a celebration of
kicked off in front of the courthouse in Watkinsville promptly at 4
p.m. with the firing of a canon near Oconee State Bank.
Kaylee and Marlee of The Ruark Sisters sang the National Anthem and a medley of patriotic tunes and guest speaker Randy Beck, a UGA law professor, offered a brief history lesson.
"The political system created by our Constitution may seem clunky at times or chaotic," he opined.
"But it's done a pretty good job of accomplishing our most important
objectives while preserving a large sphere for individual liberty."
closing, Beck remarked: "It's a big country. It's a diverse country.
It's a free country. We often disagree and we're often frustrated by
the failure of measures we think would benefit the public. But at least
that political energy is being directed, with only a few tragic
exceptions, in talking to each other, debating with each other, rather
than shooting at each other. And those are good things for which we can
thank the providence of God and the wisdom of the people who framed our
scheme of government. So happy Constitution Day."
Other highlights of the event included a
group recitation of the Preamble to the Constitution and a proclamation
issued by Mayor Charles Ivie that designates Sept.17-23 as Constitution
Week in the city.
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