Documents of our Existence
By Elizabeth Horner
September 5, 2011
have been to Washington D.C. three
times. My first
trip was with my 8th
grade school field trip. The
time, I met U.S. Congressman Steve Austria in an event in Dayton, Ohio
invited me to visit his office and tour the US Capitol Building. My third trip happened
because I bugged my
mother enough about wanting to see the National Archives and the
Congress, since I did not have the opportunity to visit them in my
two buildings house something
that represents so much of us! It
part of who we are today. I
mind moving in and living inside the Library of Congress for a few
months. It would be
great just to have the
opportunity to read some of the rarest historical books.
article though is about the three
important documents in our National Archives: the Declaration of
United States Constitution and our Bill of Rights encased under high
protective glass at the Rotunda of that building. While the
those documents can easily be purchased for a few dollars from the
Shop, and are much more readable than the original, there is something
hair-raising about actually glancing at the original documents signed
forefathers, who were responsible for our very existence as a country.
is obvious that age and time have
taken their toll on these documents, although utmost protection and
preservation efforts have been undertaken. I just hope that with the
time, as environmental conditions dim and fade the words penned on
documents, that its meaning and value in our lives will remain as
17 marks the anniversary of
the adoption of our Constitution during a convention in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania that occurred centuries ago, in 1787.
It is not the responsibility for one person,
one group, or one generation to uphold and keep its importance
burning. It is
something intended to be
passed on to all generations to come. The youth of today will be taking
place of their parents and grandparents in the future.
It is important that we learn the historical
importance of this event. It
important that we uphold their chosen virtues --- “establish[ing]
insur[ing] domestic Tranquility, provid[ing] for the common defense,
promot[ing] the general Welfare, and secur[ing] the Blessings of
ourselves and our Posterity”.
August 28, 2011, I was conferred as
youth chairperson of NaFFAA for nine Midwestern States.
My platform is to encourage our youth to be
active, productive members of the community through “youth empowerment,
building, and love and respect for those virtues penned in our
and human, my peers and I will make some mistakes but like Annie Oakley
only “practice, practice, practice” --- of doing our very best and
to overcome mistakes, obstacles and failures in life that will allow us
the bull’s eye of success”!