When: September 18, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Where: South Lawn, Kansas State Capitol Building
TOPEKA -- In an effort to help revitalize the nation’s civic culture, residents of Topeka, Kansas will come together at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the Kansas Capitol for a public reading of the U.S. Constitution.
The event will feature Vicki Tiahrt, wife of Congressman Todd Tiahrt, Patricia Stoneking, President of the Kansas State Rifle Association, ordinary citizens and other distinguished guests as public readers. It is one of hundreds of celebrations to be held on the same day in cities and towns all across the United States.
Event Organizer Mary Ann Hartzler said, “This event, and the hundreds like it across the country, is our way of expressing our respect and reverence for the importance of the nation’s founding charter and its relevance today.”
“This is a real grassroots effort, of ordinary Americans talking to each other on the Internet, to show there are people who think the nation’s civic culture is important. No matter what your political party affiliation, people should be able to rally around a celebration of the signing of our founding charter. Everyone should be familiar with the Constitution and what it says. We happen to think it is time for it to be read aloud,” Hartzler said.
In addition to local organizers, the We Read the Constitution Project is backed by national groups including Let Freedom Ring, Constituting America, Americans for Prosperity, The Heritage Foundation, and many others.