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Ice cream social will honor U.S. Constitution

The United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. The Freemasons in Alexandria want to make sure we remember and celebrate on Constitution Day.

On Friday, September 17, the Freemasons are holding a U.S. Constitution Day ice cream social at Alexandria City Park at 7 p.m. The goal is to remind and educate the community about one of the most remarkable documents in the world.

The U.S. Constitution contains 4,400 words and is the model form that several democratic countries have copied. The document was written to "form a more perfect Union" and establish a government that would "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

The ice cream social will include the following activities to celebrate the Constitution:

•Flag demonstrations by local Boy Scouts;

•Constitution information and boards;

•Constitution IQ and trivia tests;

•Declaration of Independence display;

•Free copies of the U.S. Constitution and The Declaration of Independence booklet;

•Information about the Freemasons;

•Fireworks at dusk.

The Masonic Lodge has been in existence in Alexandria since 1874. Also known as the Masons, the Freemasons belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world. Freemasons are "men of good character who strive to improve themselves and make the world a better place. Thirteen signers of the Constitution were Freemasons.

Freemasonry is dedicated to the "Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God." It is a fraternity that encourages its members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance and teaches that each person has an obligation to make a difference for good in the world.