"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 this Constitution for the United States of America."
MOBILE — Every year on September 17, the nation celebrates Constitution Day in honor of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on this day in 1787.
The founding fathers gathered in the Assembly Room of the Pennsylvania State House, now called Independence Hall, to sign the document that would rule the land for centuries.
The men had been drawing up the plan at the Constitutional Convention for four months. Benjamin Franklin made a motion to sign the Constitution. Of 41 men, 38 of them signed it.
The document is now in the National Archives Museum in Washington, along with the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights.
Several conservative groups gathered Thursday in Mobile to celebrate the U.S. Constitution.
Speakers for the event were former sheriff candidate Charles Wyckoff, former city council candidate Linh Hoach, Faith Family Freedom Coalition leader Brian Dasinger, Commonsense Campaign Tea Party of Mobile founder Dr. Lou Campomenosi and Dr. Martin Scott Catino.
Linh Hoach, who fled from Vietnam as a child, said she has a special appreciation for freedom.
"We left the country in the middle of the night in a small shrimp boat because of the Vietnam War," she told the crowd. "My grandfather fought in the Vietnam War and he lost an eye. So, that's why we had the privilege to come and live the American Dream. America at that time was the light for us."
Hoach said pirates captured her family's boat during their journey, but they eventually let them go. She said she was thankful she and her mother were able to survive because when her father tried to leave nearly a decade before, he died along with other family members on the boat.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoach said she has noticed that the government has made poor choices that could lead to the end of the American dream as we know it.
"Right now, they are trying to destroy the Constitution," she said. "And if we don't educate our people to know the law and to know their rights, they will fall for everything."
Campomenosi told 1819 News it was important to fight for the Constitution and the founders' ideas of how the government should work.
"They promoted the Constitution to protect liberty and to divide order," he said. "Given the problems that we've seen over the years, we know that the Constitution has been under lots of pressure, lots of attacks, particularly by the CRT and Marxist people. So, at this point, for us, I believe we need to be able to put the Constitution into the historical perspective that it worked, it continues to work and we are not going to let these people change the Constitution just by breaking all the rules."
Dasinger told the crowd it is important to watch what is happening locally. He said he hopes the conservative and Christian groups can work harder together in the future.
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