December 7th: EDiS Sr. Estimator, Paul Ignudo, Reflects on Pearl Harbor and Delaware Day
We should always take an opportunity to thank our current troops and veterans, but especially on days of remembrance. So, in thinking about “the date that will live in infamy” when so many lives were taken at Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941), it is appropriate to send a thank you to those who sacrificed part of their lives to serve in the military and those who had loved ones serve. Our country is a better place because of that service!
Also, today is Delaware Day. 225 years ago (December 7, 1787), Delaware became the First State by ratifying the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Constitutional Convention convened in Philadelphia on May 25, 1787. After much debate and considerable compromise, the final draft of the Constitution was distributed to the States on September 17, 1787. Upon receipt of this draft, the state legislature of Delaware called a special election. Ten delegates from each County were elected to meet for a ratification convention. This convention was held in Dover at Battell’s Tavern. Since there were compromises made to accommodate smaller states, the most important being the composition of the Senate, it was easily and unanimously approved by the conventioneers. On December 7, 1787, these thirty delegates signed what is now known as the Ratification Document and delivered it to the new national government. This document is currently housed in the Delaware Archives.
For more on this subject, visit Delaware’s website at www.delaware.gov.
On June 21, 1788 when the ninth state, New Hampshire, ratified the Constitution, it became official and the new United States of America was created. Following this, on July 2, 1788, the Congress of Confederation met to establish a plan to implement the new national government. March 4, 1789 saw the first U.S. Congress sworn in. On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the first oath of office for President of the United States of America. And, as they say, the rest is history.
So remember today to thank a veteran and wish Delawareans a Happy Birthday!