ERIC Number: ED310980
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Bicentennial of the United States Constitution: A Resource Guide. Supplement II: 1989. The Establishment of the Federal Government and National Defense.
Office of the Special Assistant for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution (Army), Washington, DC.
The Department of the Army has been chosen to be the executive agent for the Department of Defense (DOD) programs celebrating the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution. The DOD commemorative focus is fourfold: (1) to demonstrate the role and relationships of the military in national government; (2) to provide educational and historical lessons for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, their families, and civilian employees; (3) to instill a sense of the commitment, values, leadership, and public service of the 23 soldier-statesman signers; and (4) to emphasize civilian control over the military. A thorough discussion of the constitutional provisions for the establishment of the first Congress, the Departments of War and Army, and the Office of the President and Commander in Chief is presented. The military service records of the 23 men who served both in the armed services and as president are given, along with a collection of their memorable quotes. The major DOD commemorative programs are: (1) the Constitutional Commitment Program, emphasizing education and oath reaffirmation; (2) the Bicentennial Defense Community Program, listing the participating defense communities; (3) the Exceptional Merit Recognition Program, with a listing of the 76 commemorative programs so chosen; and (4) the Adopt-A-School Program, an investment in enriching the educational process through defense organization participation. Several activities and ceremonies are recommended. Lists of resource materials and commemorative items are provided. A 1989 calendar inscribed with the daily events of the year 1789 is also included. (PPB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of the Special Assistant for the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution (Army), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution