Thursday, August 28, 2008

Resolution by Board of Education for Constitution Week

Pictured (l-r) are: James Waldrop Chapter DAR members Alice Mallory, Carol Key, Regent Betty Harrah and Constitution Week Chairman Ann Eldredge.

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The Fayette County Board of Education recently passed a resolution to proclaim September 17-23 Constitution Week for the schools in Fayette County, Georgia. All children of the Fayette County School System are encouraged to read and to study the U. S. Constitution.

The Board of Education presented the proclamation to the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. Each year, members of the James Waldrop Chapter DAR visit several of the elementary schools and present an educational program to the children.

2008 marks the 221st anniversary of the signing of the U. S. Constitution.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Celebrate Constitution Day with Bells

Carolyn Balog and Regent Betty Harrah
Photo by Ann Eldredge

The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution will kick off Constitution Week with bell ringing on September 17th at noon at the old Fayette County Courthouse in Fayetteville. The weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. The public is invited to bring bells and join in as our country celebrates the day. In addition to the bells, all are invited to publicly sign their support of the U. S. Constitution. The Marquis de Lafayette Chapter Sons of the American Revolution will be providing a musket salute for the occasion.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

The US Constitution: Secret Meetings in 1787

"I consider the difference between a system founded on the legislatures only, and one founded on the people, to be the true difference between a league or treaty and a constitution."
-James Madison, at the Constitutional Convention, 1787

The Articles of Confederation was drafted in 1777 during the American Revolution. The Articles were, in effect, the first constitution of the United States. The men of the Continental Congress who passed the Declaration of Independence were the same who passed the Articles of Confederation. The Articles were quickly found to be inadequate.

While they provided for a Congress who could declare war or peace among other things, it was apparent the individual states retained the bulk of the power. The new government could ask the states for money but there was no means to collect from states who were either unwilling or unable to pay. The federal government quickly plunged into debt. The new government had no means to enforce treaties without the states' support. George Washington warned in 1786: "There are combustibles in every state which a spark might set fire to."

Several conventions were called at irregular periods. After the dismal failure of the Annapolis Convention in 1786, the delegates who had attended reported to their states that all states should be present to discuss the Articles and to see how the defects in the system could be addressed. It was also suggested the the second Monday in May 1787 be the start date of this convention in Philadelphia.

The official call from the Congress went out to the states in February 1787. On the appointed day, only a few states' delegates had shown up. The quorum of seven states would not be reached until later in May. For four months, the delegates discussed, debated and sometimes argued on how the Articles were to be revised.

The summer of 1787 was hot. The State House was comparatively cool when entering from the baking streets. The East chamber was large, forty-by-forty, with a twenty-foot ceiling Tall, wide windows were on two sides, covered by slatted blinds to keep out the summer sun. Gravel had been strewn on the streets outside to deaden the sound of wheels and horses passing. There was an air of secrecy about the meetings. There was even a discreet diner at the table of Benjamin Franklin who would move the dinner topic to another subject when Franklin would start to relay stories of the day to his guests.

After many heated debates over a six week period, a compromise would be reached on the subject of equal representation. One by one, the points would be debated, and one by one, the delegates began to compromise and come together. While the delegates would never completely agree on all points of the Constitution, 39 of them did agree to sign it in September 1787.

Ann Eldredge

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Patriot Day 2007 Videos - See next post for info on Patriot Day 2008

Thought we'd share some videos from last year's Patriot Day in Peachtree City! We'll post one, then links to the others. Some are the bands playing, some are the speakers...

Whitewater Middle School Band, Patriot Day Peachtree City

Rising Star Middle School Band, Patriot Day Peachtree City

Patriot Day 2007, Peachtree City, Nick Snider, Patriotism 1

Patriot Day 2007, Peachtree City, Nick Snider, Patriotism 2

Patriot Day 2007, Peachtree City, National Museum Patriotism

Dr. George Dillard's Opening Prayer, Patriot Day

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PTC Patriot Day Scheduled for September 6

Guest Speaker Transitioned From Army Helicopter Pilot to Middle School Principal Patriotic music, vintage military aircraft and equipment and people walking to celebrate Freedom will highlight this year’s Peachtree City Patriot Day September 6 at the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) hangar at Falcon Field.

Starting at 9 a.m. at the intersection of TDK and Dividend, Sandy Creek High School senior Caitlin Dillon will lead the 2nd Annual America Supports You Freedom Walk. People can demonstrate their support for the men and women fighting for our freedom by participating in the one-mile walk, which will begin at 9 a.m. at the intersection of TDK and Dividend in Peachtree City. The public is encouraged to participate. Those interested in walking can register their name and how many will be attending by email at:

The walk will end at the CAF hangar at Falcon field, where the Patriot Day celebration takes place. The end of the walk actually kicks off the Patriot Day event, which features live patriotic music, vintage military aircraft, vehicles and equipment, a special guest speaker and more. The CAF will host tours of its vintage aircraft and vehicles at their hangar area.

This year’s guest speaker is Bennett’s Mill Middle School Principal Rae Presley-King. She has been principal since 2001 when the school opened. The road that led her there is one that few people have traveled. After graduating from Howard University in Washington on an Army ROTC scholarship she began Army aviation training and eventually became a pilot and platoon leader in charge of an OH-58 helicopter unit in Germany. She spent eight years flying in the army before following her instincts to education.

Bennett’s Mill Middle School Band will be one of three featured music groups that will entertain the crowd. Also performing will be Music Alive!, a local singing group who has a wide repertoire of patriotic songs and a long tradition of pleasing audiences in the south Metro area. The Peachtree Wind Ensemble will present a patriotic program including a song entitled “Flight of Valor,” which memorializes the heroics of passengers and crew of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
By Presidential proclamation, Patriot Day is a day to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, when more than 3,000 people were killed by terrorists in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

The “Freedom Walk” is an event, first started in 2005 by Pentagon employees to commemorate the people who were killed there, as a reminder of the continuing Global War on Terror and to renew commitment to freedom and the values of our country.

Last year 255 communities participated across the nation, and every state was represented along with 8 nations overseas. What began as a small gesture became a new national tradition.

“We would love for everyone to be a part of it!” said Freedom Walk coordinator Caitlin Dillon, a Sandy Creek High School senior. She organized the first Freedom Walk in Peachtree City last year after having participated in one the year before in another city.

Call the Recreation Department at 770-631-2542 for further information on any of these events.
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