We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
Today’s Constitution Day, the day we celebrate the impact one document had on American history. Having always been fascinated by colonial American history, I don’t just simply see a mention on Twitter about Constitution Day and reflect for a minute. I get to go out and experience Constitution Day in the very same place it was signed 225 years ago.
After my class at Temple University Center City, I didn’t need to rush back up to Main Campus, and with the beautiful fall weather we’ve had, I decided instead to take a walk to Old City, where Independence Hall keeps a watchful eye over the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, and the length of Independence Mall in between. While normally I find myself running to the Art Museum out of habit, the Mall is one of my favorite places in the city. Just to sit on one of those benches and think about the history in those rooms across Chestnut Street, the ones you can almost see into with their wide, glass windows, it’s inspiring.
I got to read and write and relax, and just take some time to breathe, which I don’t get to do very often. I watched all the tourists pass by, and children on field trips from school, and experiencing the most historic square mile in America. Sitting on the Mall on a perfect fall day at the birthplace of it all? It’s a pretty perfect day in the city.