Delegates from the 13 original colonies began to assemble in Philadelphia to create a new form of government to replace the Articles of Federation during May 1787. The question of a military was a central topic in the debates that took place over a period of about four months. The debates were primarily focused on arriving at a solution amid differences in background, temperament and age of the 55 men who gathered for this purpose. Finally, Sept. 17, 1787, the signing of the U.S. Constitution took place, which included plans for a military. Article 1, Section 8 states the nation will “raise and support Armies” and “provide and maintain a Navy.” Article II, Section 2 specifically states that “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy.”
The mission of the Cumberland County Military Memorial Museum is to educate and preserve the military history of this county and country. In recognition of the mission of the museum and commemoration of the document that supports the military, The Crab-Orchard Chapter, DAR presented Nita Boring, director of the Military Museum, a framed copy of the Constitution of the United States, along with a copy of the Declaration of Independence.