Delaware Gov. Markell urges all to celebrate Constitution’s 225th year

In September 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is ramping up to the 225th anniversary of that moment.

It is getting help from Jack Markell, the governor of Delaware, also known as the First State because it was the first to ratify the Constitution.

Markell is using his position as the vice chairman of the National Governors Association to urge state leaders across the country to sign a proclamation acknowledging the 225th anniversary of America’s founding document.

“Sometimes you get frustrated by how dysfunctional some arguments are in Washington,” said Markell. “Here’s the positive thing to think about: the Constitution is the mechanism to have those conversation peacefully. We may disagree with each other — maybe loudly — but we do it peacefully.”

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Those proclamations will be gathered at the National Constitution Center during a year of anniversary-related events, including an online video contest (“Freedom Story”), an online request for descriptions of American freedom in six words (“Address America”), and an online matchmaker for voters to find ideal candidates (

The Constitution Center is using Internet media to promote the anniversary nationally. It also produced a television commercial for the regional market, featuring its new “Freedom” marketing brand.

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