I find myself drawn to this date, September 17, for many reasons. Most Americans — at least those who were taught that our history did not begin in 1963 — know the dates July 4, December 7, and, of course September 11. One great day, one infamous day, and one stunning day. But what of today? September 17? Ring a bell with anyone? Probably not.
And yet it is one of the most significant dates in U.S. history, not just for the events that occurred on this square in the calendar, but also for what it means and could teach us about our country. It is a reminder of our greatness, and our flaws, and the lengths we, as no other so powerful and influential nation in history, are willing to go to correct those flaws.
On September 17, 1787, the most consequential document since Magna Carta was adopted by a hastily organized group of civic leaders in the