June 20, 2019

Celebrate American’s Creed Day

“I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principals of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”

The American’s Creed was a result of a nationwide contest for writing a National Creed, which would be a brief summary of the American political faith founded upon things fundamental in American history and tradition.

The contest was the idea of Henry Sterling Chapin, Commissioner of Education of New York State.

Over three thousand entries were received, and William Tyler Page was declared to be the winner. James H. Preston, the mayor of Baltimore, presented an award to Page in the House of Representatives Office Building on April 3, 1918.

It was a time when patriotic sentiments were very much in vogue. The United States had been a participant in World War I only a little over a year at the time the Creed was adopted.

The author of the American’s Creed, William Tyler Page, was a descendant of John Page, who had come to America in1650 and had settled in Williamsburg, Virginia. William Tyler Page had come to Washington at the age of thirteen to serve as a Capitol Page.

Later he became an employee of the Capitol building and served in that capacity for almost sixty-one years. In 1919 he was elected clerk of the House.

Thirteen years later, when the Democrats again became a majority party, they created for Page the office of minority clerk of the House of Representatives. He held this position for the remainder of his life.

Join members of the James Stewart Chapter, NSDAR, on April 3, 2019, as we recite and reflect on the American’s Creed that remains applicable to this day.

Consider being a member of this patriotic organization by visiting www.dar.org or visiting your local chapter’s website at www.jamesstewartchapterdar.org.

You may also contact the chapter directly at (770) 856-3354 and ask for Pam.

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