Melinda and me posing with Peter Sagal. He sounds much taller on his NPR radio show: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me.
This year I experienced the unofficial first day of summer differently. Last week Melinda and I were invited to meet Peter Sagal, the host of Constitution USA
, an impressive PBS documentary celebrating the United States Constitution. US Bank Wealth Management sponsored the documentary and they brought him back to Minneapolis for a lecture at their Ascent offices, in the US Bank headquarters.
Sagal traveled the country on his Harley asking people about their thoughts and feelings about the US Constitution: the documentary includes angry fundamentalists and also recently naturalized US Citizens who fled persecution and found their dreams in the US Constitution. At 225 years old, it’s the shortest and oldest constitution on earth — enduring intense anger and joy everyday. Through Peter Sagal’s work we discovered the US Constitution isn’t history, it’s our civic religion.
With the conditions of political in-fighting today, I wonder if contemporary civic leaders could recreate the Constitution. My father served in the Army, my father-in-law served in the Navy. We have friends who served and friends whose children are serving today. I am grateful, even if all I know how to do is say THANK YOU for defending the Constitution of the United States of America.
Good leaders make a habit of celebrating the courageous leaders who carved the path before us. And we show respect for our freedoms with dedication, hard work and pause to say thank you.
Please share with us: who did you remember yesterday?