Cody mayor passes declaration to honor U.S. Constitution

Via the Wyoming News Exchange

CODY (WNE) —  Cody Mayor Matt Hall declared Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week, describing the Constitution of the United States of America as “the guardian of our liberties.”

“It embodies the principles of limited government in a republic dedicated to rule by law,” Hall said as he read the proclamation at the Sept. 6 city council meeting.

This year marks the 235th anniversary of the framing of the Constitution by the Constitutional Convention. 

There is a law known as public law 915 that guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States designating Constitution Week.

According to the Daughters of the American Revolution organization, Constitution Week is celebrated each year in order to “commemorate [the Constitution’s] history, importance and bring attention to how it still serves us today.”

The U.S. Constitution, which created the government structure that continues to this day, was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

The first three articles of the Constitution established the three branches of government and their powers: the legislative, executive and judicial branches.

The Bill of Rights was ratified on Dec. 15, 1791, which enshrined them in the U.S. Constitution.

The Bill of Rights sets forth the freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion. It protects citizen’s right to keep and bear arms and protects them from unreasonable search and seizure by the government. There are protections for those accused of crimes, and it stated that people have other rights, even if not spelled out in the Bill of Rights. Finally, it gave powers not designated to the federal government to the states or to the people.

“It is fitting and proper to accord official recognition to this magnificent document and its memorable anniversary and to the patriotic celebrations which will commemorate it,” Hall said in the proclamation.


This story was published on Sept. 12, 2022.


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