Leonardtown, MD –In the words of President Dwight Eisenhower, Law day is a day of national dedication of the principles of government under law.” President Eisenhower first established the nationwide commemoration on May 1, 1958. On the 60thanniversary of that initial recognition, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County carried on the tradition by declaring Law Day in the county.

The 2018 Law Day theme, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom,” enables citizens to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how the governmental system works for all citizens and their prosperity.

The United States Constitution vests legislative, executive and judicial power in Congress, a President and one Supreme Court, respectively. These three separate branches of the national government share power and each also serves as a check on the power of the others.

“Separation of powers provides a framework for freedom, but this framework is not self-executing,” said Commissioner John O’Connor (3rdDistrict). “We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and guaranteeing our rights.”

In honor of Law Day, the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County encourages all citizens, schools, businesses and media in the county to recognize the systems which preserve and strengthen the rule of law in the nation.

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