I am American {224/365}

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S., or by naturalization, have become citizens.  (I wish today's 365 entry was #223 as it's the Constitution's 223rd birthday, but I digress.)

On this day, I think back to the history of the signing.  As Americans we are all ingrained with the inalienable rights accorded to us, not by government but, by nature's God, whoever or whatever that is to you.  Point is, Man does not grant us our rights. These rights are embedded into our skin - into our very being - and therefore cannot be taken away from us.

Canon 85mm 1.2L - f5.6 @800th 100iso; strobed with softbox above camera; flag, painfully sewn into my face.