Vermillion Lions will host Liberty Day Kids April 14 What are the first three words of the U.S. Constitution? How many senators are there from each state? Who is the commander in chief of the United States Army and Navy?
These are some of the questions that "Liberty Day Kids" may ask you on April 14 while you wait in line for those good Vermillion Lions Club pancakes! You'll be able to tell the "kids" by their colorful t-shirts and their U.S. flag-festooned tote bags.
The Lions originally designated March 16 as Liberty Day because it is the birthday of James Madison, the fourth U.S. president, who is often referred to as the Father of the Constitution. Gov. Rounds recently issued an executive proclamation (South Dakota Lion, February 2004) proclaiming March 16 as Liberty Day in South Dakota.
This "day" is now essentially a year-long event involving students in many different states carrying out activities to enhance our understanding of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
"Liberty Day Kids" activities serve to educate others about our country's founding documents.
The Vermillion Lions Club will have its first Liberty Day Kids event on April 14. This is the first day of the Vermillion Lions pancake feed which is held at the National Guard Armory. The group of about five "kids" will be asking people waiting in line questions about the Constitution. Each person questioned will receive a pocked-sized Liberty Day booklet containing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
"Liberty Day Kids" will be wearing a bright red t-shirt (Betsy Ross flag on front and a big blue Liberty Bell on back) to identify themselves. Each kid will have on their shoulder a canvas tote bag (big American flag painted on it) containing the pocket-sized Liberty Day booklets.