157th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights Celebration

Sunday, December 21, 1952

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Broadcast from the Sub Treasury Building in New York City commemorating the enactment of the Bill of Rights on September 25, 1789. Lisa Kirk, in the role of Miss American Legion, sings the National Anthem and "God Bless America." Includes historical narrative of the Bill of Rights and notable World War I veterans involved in ceremonies.

General James Van Fleet discusses the importance of the G.I. Bill and Veterans' Readjustment Legislation.

Former Congressman and ambassador John W. Davis receives the 1946 Bill of Rights medal.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 68669
Municipal archives id: LT65

Hosted by:

Gardner Osborn


Bill of Rights Commemorative Society., John W. Davis, Lisa Kirk, James A. Van Fleet and Wall Street Chapter of the American Legion


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