“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, Insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”


“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, Insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish the Constitution for the United States of America.”



The Constitution stated that the new government could come into being when any nine of the 13 states adopted it. In addition, the delegates recommended that state conventions be held to debate and vote on whether or not to accept the Constitution as the new law of the land.



The following men were the seven key figures in the shaping of the new nation: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and George Washington. These men all played pivotal roles and served in a variety of capacities to help win American freedom and establish a new nation. While there are many other founding fathers in our nation’s history, the story of our nation would be incomplete without noting the accomplishments of these seven.



The St. Joseph Bay Chapter National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution promotes Constitution Week, beginning Monday, Sept. 17 through Sept. 23. Our Constitution, the cornerstone of our freedoms was written to protect every American from the abuse of power by government. Let us celebrate this week, resolving to be better informed and responsible Citizens.



In 1955 the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress into Public Law No. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.



The United States Constitution has endured longer than any other constitution and in the world has been used by many other countries as a model for drafting their own constitutions.



The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize the citizen’s responsibility for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for American’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; (3) encourage the study of historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.



“To live under the American Constitution is the greatest Political privilege that was ever accorded the human race,” said the late President Calvin Coolidge.



“The Constitution of the United States was created by the people of the United States composing the respective states, who alone had the right,” said the late President James Madison.



Fly your flag with pride during Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23.



About the photo:



Master Carter Costin, six-years-old, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Costin and grandson of Mrs. Ashley (Sylvia) Costin, represents the St. Joseph Bay Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, for Constitution Week, which is Sept. 17-23. He is dressed in colonial attire like his ninth great-grandfather, Job Callaway, of North Carolina.



Carter’s great-great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Costin, were early pioneers of Port St. Joe who settled here in 1909. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Costin, Sr. were his great-grandparents. On Carter’s maternal side are his great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Knox and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Greg Knox.



Carter is also related to Port St. Joe Mayor Mel Magidson and city attorney Tom Gibson.