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Constitution Day

August 27, 2019


Theodore Roosevelt: “We the people cannot turn back. Our aim must be steady, wise progress.” John F. Kennedy: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Martin Luther King, Jr.: “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.” Eugene: “When I enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 17, I swore that I would support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Alexander: “Our country is made up of people with very different backgrounds,
different races, ethnicities, countries of national origin.” Alexander: “My own parents were
immigrants, and what binds us together as a nation is not a common culture or a
common ethnicity or a common personal history, but rather it’s the values that
are embodied in the Constitution.” Quesean: “The document was created by a group of educated people, whose main purpose was to create a set of rules that
governs this new form of government, which is known as the United States of
America. They left it where there’s plenty of room for interpretation. This document has stood the
test of time — it’s over 200 years old.” Michael: “I don’t really remember taking the oath of office the first time I did in my early twenties and working for the government. But after spending a number of years in the private sector and coming back to
government, I’ll never forget taking it here in the ODNI because it really underscored
exactly what I was looking for. Going to work every day with a sense of mission
that we’re serving our country.” Cynthia: “This is multi-generational for us in my family. Our country has been served by my grandfather, my father and uncle, my mom, my aunt and even members of my own generation — my brother and sister-in-law. That’s what
the oath means to us: serving our country and it’s more than being just an
American. It’s about being part of America. “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies
foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same;
that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or
purpose of evasion; and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the
office on which I’m about to enter, so help me God. So help me God.”

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