Opinion December 11
229 years ago, America became ... America
We’re marking a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation.
Bill of Rights Day has actually been a national holiday since Nov. 28, 1941 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Dec. 15 “Bill of Rights Day.” Roosevelt had big plans, envisioning flag-flying and ceremonies nationwide. Roosevelt observed that Adolph Hitler feared “our freedom of speech, press and religion.” Unfortunately, the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7 erased all the ambitious plans to mark the date. There’s no time to celebrate freedom when you’re fighting to preserve it.