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In Convention. Monday September 17th 1787.
The States of
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Mr. Hamilton from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
Resolved, That the preceeding Constitution be laid before the United States in Congress assembled, and that it is the Opinion of this Convention, that it should afterwards be submitted to a Convention of Delegates, chosen in each State by the People thereof, under the Recommendation of its Legislature, for their Assent and Ratification; and that each Convention assenting to, and ratifying the Same, should give Notice thereof to the United States in Congress assembled.
Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Convention, that as soon as the Conventions of nine States shall have ratified this Constitution, the United States in Congress assembled should fix a Day on which Electors should be appointed by the States which shall have ratified the same, and a Day on which the Electors should assemble to vote for the President, and the Time and Place for commencing Proceedings under this Constitution.
That after such Publication the Electors should be appointed, and the Senators and Representatives elected: That the Electors should meet on the Day fixed for the Election of the President, and should transmit their Votes certified, signed, sealed and directed, as the Constitution requires, to the Secretary of the United States in Congress assembled, that the Senators and Representatives should convene at the Time and Place assigned; that the Senators should appoint a President of the Senate, for the sole Purpose of receiving, opening and counting the Votes for President; and, that after he shall be chosen, the Congress, together with the President, should, without Delay, proceed to execute this Constitution.
By the unanimous Order of the Convention
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THE GHOSTS OF ARLINGTON CEMETERY
THE LEGEND OF ARLINGTON RIDGE
It has been said that ever since the dedication of the Iwo Jima Memorial on Arlington Ridge, a ceremony takes place each morning in the hours just before dawn. As a low, knee-high ground fog sweeps across the Ridge in the cool morning air, a band is heard playing the "Marine's Hymn". From an unknown distance and very low at first, the music becomes increasingly louder. Yet, no band is ever seen. It's then said that out of the tree line of Arlington Cemetery a company of Marines clad in dress blues appears from the mist, marching through the ground fog toward the Memorial. Flags at the head of the column stand straight out, snapping in the wind, yet not even the slightest breeze is felt. The Marines march to the Memorial in perfect cadence while no orders are heard by those who witness this event. Like "The Silent Drill Team", the Marines execute each move in flawless synchrony. As they reach the Memorial they suddenly halt, face right, and "order arms" as the lights from the monument ricochet off of their fixed bayonets. The Marines possess an eerie transparency that sends shivers down the spines of onlookers, yet there is no fear. In fact, a feeling of pride and honor sweeps over those who gaze upon the apparition.
Four Marines ceremoniously step out from the ranks and lay a wreath of red and white roses at the base of the Monument.It is believed that these four men are Sgt. Michael Strank, Cpl. Ira Hayes, Cpl. Rene Gagnon, (three of the six flag raisers on Iwo Jima), and Medal of Honor winner John Basilone. Strank and Basilone were killed on that hellish black sand island in 1945 while Gagnon and Hayes were destined to relive that fateful day until death mercifully relieved them of their posts. Two buglers are heard playing "Echo Taps", but once again, there are no buglers in sight. The ceremonies conclude just before the break of dawn as the Marines come to right shoulder arms, face right, and silently march back to Arlington Cemetery. It's said that they are from all eras of Marines buried in Arlington, and they are charged with guarding their Memorial and the honor for which it stands. All of this may be difficult for some to believe, but legends are, after all, only legends. Yet, ask any Marine if they believe the legend that Marines guard the gates of heaven and see what they say.
The "Legend of Arlington Ridge" is no more than the belief in honor. Marines live it every day of their lives. Honor is what we were taught when entering the Corps; Honor is what we took when we left. Throughout life and beyond, it is our most cherished possession.
L/Cpl Bruce xxxx, USMC 1959-1963
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