‘Liberty under Law,’ KAHS students celebrate Law Day

Story and photo by Linh Gooden
Contributing writer

***image1***To celebrate our nation’s heritage of liberty, justice and equality under law, Kaiserslautern American High School students joined distinguished guests at the Annual Law Day Luncheon at Armstrong’s Club.

Brig. Gen. Scott G. West, 21st Theater Support commanding general, and undersecretary in the ministry of justice of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, Beate Reich, were guest speakers at the luncheon hosted by the 21st Theater Support Command.

American and German lawyers attended the event, along with KAHS students interested in pursuing a career in law.

 This year’s theme was, “Liberty under Law; Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.” General West invited the community to celebrate youth and empower them so they know what it is to be a part of a democracy.

In his Law Day Proclamation, General West said: “A democracy is a government by and for the people. We always need to remember that our youth are a current, vital component of ‘the people,’ and that they will be the future stewards of our democracy. As a result, we all need to take an active role in the lives of our children, to guide and mentor them on the meaning, rights, obligations and duties of democracy; and to ensure that they know how to, and have the chance to effectively and constructively participate in, and preserve our democracy.”

  May 1 is the official “Law Day,” however, celebrations often take place either before or after that date. Law Day programs are designed to help people understand how law keeps us free and how our legal system strives to achieve justice. All youth need to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law to become effective participants in our nation’s civic life. The Law Day 2007 theme prompts us to listen to the voices of young people and consider how the law can better serve their needs and interests.

KAHS celebrated with a media contest that reflects the theme of “Liberty Under Law; Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy.” The Judge Advocate office will be juding the final entries in late May and the winners will be awarded prizes.

 Source: Law Day 2007 Fact Sheet