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“The US Constitution established the US national government and basic laws and guaranteed certain basic rights to its citizens,” college student Georgia Chandler said last week at a busy Constitution Day ceremony inside of the Ashford Memorial Methodist Church.

The Reverend John Andrew Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolutions sponsored the event that celebrated the document that forever changed this country in 1787. The program featured junior American citizens from Watkinsville and the William Daniell Society, Children of the American Revolution.

The JAC and CAR both flew over 200 flags ahead of Constitution Week and put up posters in Oconee County. The Reverend John Andrew Chapter, NSDAR Regent Kathy Rhodes and Constitution Week Chair Jessie Michael, whose father built a large bell for the ceremony, delivered the opening remarks.

JAC Chaplain Bobby Leffert led the prayer, JAC President Avery Yates recited the Oath of Allegiance and William Daniell Society Children of the American Revolution President Micah Kilgore sang the National anthem.

The Constitution Day script was written by the JAC. For 2021, JAC member Kira Law edited the script,

New this year was the musical talents of the Athens Area Homeschool Band, led by JAC’s mom Jennifer Bailey. JAC members Nathan and Naomi Bailey, Grace-Holland Givens and Maren Snapp, as well as CAR members Micah and Bill Kilgore, did double duty playing instruments and speaking during the program.

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