On September 17, 1787 our Founding Fathers signed the U.S. Constitution. Ratification would take two more years, but the principles enshrined in our Constitution have stood the test of time. Those principles are what unite us as a country, and what the U.S. military, soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians, have sworn to protect and defend.
Transcript: – So it was 40 years ago this week that I raised my right hand and swore and oath. I said some words. Words that meant a lot to me then, and they mean a lot more to me to this day. Simple words, really. It goes something like this. I, John Hyten, do solemnly swear, that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. And then it goes on, but all of our oaths, officer and enlisted and civilian, start the same way. We all say those same words. We swear an oath to a constitution, to a set of ideals that are written down on a piece of paper. And some of our friends around the world, and some of our adversaries, they look at that, and they wonder how we can swear an oath to a constitution, to a piece of paper. But those ideals are what being an American is all about. I love the fact that we swear an oath to an ideal that is set down by our forefathers. Those words are actually pretty simple, so if you haven’t read the Constitution lately, I encourage you to pick it up and take a look. But they’re simple words too, and it starts something like this. – We the people – Of the United States – In order to form a more perfect union – Established justice – Ensure domestic tranquility – Provide for the common defense – Promote the general welfare – And secure the blessings of liberty – To ourselves and our posterity – To ordain – And establish – This constitution for the United States of America.
Video by Petty Officer 1st Class Julie Matyascik
U.S. Strategic Command