by: Staff Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday, September 17th 2020, President Donald Trump signed the ‘Constitution Day Proclamation’.
“From Washington to Lincoln. From Jefferson to King. America has been home to some of the most incredible people who have ever lived. With the help of everyone here today the legacy of 1776 will never be erased. Our heroes will never be forgotten. Our youth will be taught to love America with all of their heart and all of their soul,” said President Trump.
“Today I’m also pleased to announce that I will soon sign an executive order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education. It will be called the 1776 Commission,” Trump says in political speech at National Archives Museum.
President Trump also announced that the statue of Caesar Rodney, one of the 56-signers of the Declaration of Independence from Delaware, will be added to the National Guard Of American Heroes.
Rodney served in the Continental Congress along with Thomas McKean and George Read from 1774 through 1776. Rodney was in Dover tending to Loyalist activity in Sussex County when he received word from Thomas McKean that he and Read were deadlocked on the vote for independence.
To break the deadlock, Rodney rode 70 miles through a thunderstorm on the night of July 1, 1776, arriving in Philadelphia “in his boots and spurs” on July 2, just as the voting was beginning. He voted with McKean and thereby allowed Delaware to join eleven other states in voting in favor of the resolution of independence. The wording of the Declaration of Independence was approved two days later; Rodney signed it on August 2. Backlash in Delaware led to Rodney’s electoral defeat in Kent County for a seat in the upcoming Delaware Constitutional Convention and the new Delaware General Assembly.
Before signing the proclamation President Trump concluded, “We will save this cherished inheritance for our children, for their children, and for every generation to come. This is a very important day.”