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Sep 17, 2012 6:56 PM by Lindsey Gordon (lindsey@kxlh.com)

Constitution Day marked in Helena

The Capitol Rotunda in Helena was full on Monday as people gathered to celebrate Constitution Day.

The event was organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

It featured speakers and presentation of the flags by the Honor Guard of the Montana Air National Guard Montana.

Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

From The National Archives website:

On September 17, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the document they had created.

The Federal Convention convened in the State House (Independence Hall) in Philadelphia on May 14, 1787, to revise the Articles of Confederation.

Because the delegations from only two states were at first present, the members adjourned from day to day until a quorum of seven states was obtained on May 25.

Through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would draft an entirely new frame of government.

All through the summer, in closed sessions, the delegates debated, and redrafted the articles of the new Constitution.

Among the chief points at issue were how much power to allow the central government, how many representatives in Congress to allow each state, and how these representatives should be elected--directly by the people or by the state legislators.

The work of many minds, the Constitution stands as a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise.

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