Dr. David Erwin and Barry Walker with First Christian Church organized a September event for people of Blount County to honor the document that is the basis of the United States government.
Walker and Erwin coordinated a Constitution Day activity on Sept. 18 to allow people to read aloud the U.S. Constitution to celebrate the anniversary of the document -- Sept. 17, 1787 -- when it was approved. Part of a national event, the reading occurred at the front door to the Maryville Municipal Building.
Erwin said about 100 people turned out for the event which he said was important because it allowed the participants to focus on what the Constitution is about. The activities were informative to him as he was one of the four individuals who read a portion of the document aloud.
“It was a privilege and opportunity to get to read it,” Erwin said. “I learned some things I didn’t quite understand, and it is just good for us to get back to the basics in this country and not take what we have for granted. What our Founding Fathers presented us with was somewhat divinely inspired, and I think that is the reason we’ve been the great country we have been.”