Torres’ statement on Constitution Day

Editor’s Note: The CNMI marked Constitution Day last Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres issued the following statement to mark the occasion.

Today, as we continue to rebuild and recover from the devastation of a month ago, we pause to reflect on a very special time in our history. Where we as a people established rules and guidelines to govern us as a people moving forward. As we trod on to full recovery, we are reminded of the day where our forefathers put pen to paper and affirmed the Constitution we as officials swore to uphold and defend.

We commemorate the countless hours of work they put in to make each article and amendment a reality, and the achievements made possible through their dedication in providing us a blueprint to self-governance.

As we, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, sail toward new horizons and full recovery, we must not forget to always hold dear our Constitution, the symbolic “embodiment of our traditions and hopes.” Through it we have become a wiser and stronger people, ready to take on the challenges put before us. And just as we continue to pick up the pieces and continue on with living our lives, we can be assured that through the rights given to us by our Constitution, we will continue to fulfill the dreams made by its framers for continued improvement and success.

From our families to yours, may all of you have a safe and restful Constitution Day weekend.

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