Lousiana Society of the
Order of Founders and Patriots of America
Fall 2012 Bulletin
The Louisiana Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America led a commemorati on of the 225th Anniversary of the Signing of
the Constitution of the United States with a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Benjamin Franklin in Lafayette Square on Saturday, September 15, 2012. Joining Founders and Patriots in the ceremony were Louisiana’s leading patriotic societies, including Daughters of Founders and Patriots, Founders of New Orleans, Mayfl ower Society, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Colonial Wars, Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Children of the American Revolution, War of 1812, U.S. Daughters of 1812, among others. Program speakers include William Allerton III, Governor of the Louisiana Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America; Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, President of the New Orleans City Council; and Judge James L. Dennis, U.S. Fift h Circuit Court of Appeals and former Associate Justi ce of the Louisiana Supreme Court and former Chairman of the Louisiana Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.
Twenty patrioti c societi es saluted the memory of Benjamin Franklin and all who signed the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787 in the wreath-laying ceremony sponsored by Founders and Patriots of America. The New Orleans City Council passed a resolution commemorating the Constitution’s 225th, recognized the Founders and Patriots’ 225th event, and applauded Founders and Patriots in promoting patriotism and values embodied in the Consti tuti on of the United States.
Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Conventi on of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitati on, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.” As lineal descendants of the patriots who forged the nation, Louisiana’s Founders and Patriots assembled on September 15, 2012 to honor Benjamin Franklin and all who gave the United States’ its Republic and reaffirmed their resolve to “keep it.”
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