A group gathers at the gazebo at the Public Square in 2020 to celebrate the 233rd anniversary of the U.S. Constitution. This year’s gathering is set for Friday at 10 a.m.

Friday will mark the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, and the first anniversary of a local Constitution Day gathering to commemorate the event.

The Watchmen of Bedford County, a fellowship of Christian patriots who meet weekly, will hold the Second annual commemoration from 10 to 11 a.m. a the Gazebo in downtown Bedford. The public is invited, and those who attend are encouraged to bring lawn chair.

The group has a decided retired military influence, including retired Col. Eric Robyn, who told last year’s gathering, “We took an oath to support and defend the Constitution, so we’re really serious about how important the Constitution is,” Robyn said. “It’s what makes America so exceptional. It’s the foundation for all that happens in our country.”

In a release, the group stated that, “America’s exceptionalism rests upon our Constitution — let’s remember, appreciate, support, defend and pass this heritage on to the next generation.”

Robyn will be among those featured at this year’s event, along with Col. Doug Braendel, who will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and retired Sgt. Sarah Garcia.

Others of the group taking part will be John Topper, Ned Frear and Dave Crandell.

During the event, participants will read an abridged version of the Constitution, including the preamble, articles and Bill of Rights, the latter delivered by Bedford High School students in teacher Brad Lantz’s government class.

Others taking part will be the Fort Bedford Honor Guard, Pastor Dekan George of Pleasant Hill Bible Church, and music by Lee Roy.

Contact Paul Rowan at, 623-1151, ext. 140.

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