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EAC Observes Constitution Day with Arizona Attorney General, Tom Horne
By Lori Dugan
Thatcher, AZ— EAC Faculty, students, and administrators, along with community members and local government officials welcomed Tom Horne, Arizona Attorney General, for its annual Constitution Day celebration last week.
EAC’s Symphonic Band performed patriotic music as a prelude to the program that included remarks from Horne, who was elected as Arizona Attorney General in 2010.
Horne began his presentation with a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” on the piano.
He opened his Constitution Day speech by reminding the audience that it was on September 17, 1787, that the Founding Fathers came together in Philadelphia, after much debate and compromise, to sign the United States Constitution.
“But it was not pretty,” he said. “With the hindsight of two centuries, it is easy for us to lionize the founders as men of impeccable temperament and vision; given to sober debate and quiet contemplation. And while they were especially suited to the task of guiding and developing a nation, they were, after all, human.”
Horn went on to describe the importance of the Constitution to each of the United States, saying,
Following the Revolution, the 13 states were operating independently, under the Articles of
Confederation. They were putting up tariffs and other trade barriers against each other, and
American independence was looking like it would be an economic and political failure.
Because those at Philadelphia succeeded, they created what would become the world’s most
powerful and greatest nation, and a role model to the rest of the world for government of the
people by the people and for the people.
“I was pleased and honored to have Arizona’s Attorney General deliver our Constitution Day speech,” said EAC President Mark Bryce. “And I was especially glad to see so many people in the audience celebrating this important day in American History.”