The Patriot Week Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to renewing the spirit of America through civic holidays, turns 10 this year.
Event promotions held to the underlying premise for Patriot Week, that celebration is essential to human thriving.
“As the Sons and Daughters of Liberty once did, we will gather together to toast Patriotism and honor the 1st public reading of the Declaration of Independence,” promotional materials for the event stated.
Besides talking history and patriotism, attendees welcomed new member Tamara Zora.
“As an immigrant to the United States, the American ideals emphasized by the Patriot Week Foundation are dear to my heart,” said the Cornerstone Health and Technology High School teacher. “The Patriot Week Foundation and its resources have helped me inspire and embed the American spirit into my students.”
The foundation lists board members from multiple states and across the political spectrum.
Its co-founder, Judge Michael Warren, Jr., has served in the Circuit Court of Oakland County, Michigan since 2002.
“I had this burning desire to save the country, make sure that this country stays true to its Constitution, and the founding First Principles for the Declaration of Independence,” he stated in a July 9 interview posted to social media. “I do that every day in the courtroom, but this is why I have all these extra-curricular activities.”
Judge Michael Warren: Co-Founder of Patriot Week FoundationThe Honorable Michael Warren is a Judge for the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County, Michigan. He is also an author and co-creator of Patriot Week. Judge Warren was just recently selected as Top Judge of the Year for 2018 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). With over 3 decades of professional experience in the legal profession, Judge Warren has certainly proved himself as an extraordinary professional and expert in the field. He is a dynamic, results-driven leader who has demonstrated success not only within the Judicial System but has impacted society on a global level. His impressive repertoire of prior roles include Judicial Clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley; partner at the Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP firm; Legal Policy Advisor for the State Board of Education where he helped lead to fundamental revisions of The Revised School Code and the adoption of significant education policies; Executive Director and Counsel for The New Common School Foundation; Member and Secretary of the Michigan State Board of Education; Visiting Professor for Western Michigan Cooley Law School where he teaches Constitutional Law; Sponsor and Initial Pilot Judge of the Oakland Circuit Court’s e-filing and paperless courtroom; and twice served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil/Criminal Division of the Oakland Circuit Court . His areas of expertise include appellate work, litigation, corporations, securities and mergers, and education law.Judge Warren commenced his legal career after graduating from Wayne State University in 1989 with his Bachelor’s in Honors History. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1992. He has served on the bench since 2002.In this conversation, you'll hear about…🗣How the Judge got to where is is today🗣What facets of the United States he's working on🗣Where the future of education needs to go🗣Why he started Patriot Week and what the future of his non-profit will look like
Posted by Ben Gothard on Tuesday, July 9, 2019
He chairs the Oakland County Bicentennial Project, and will begin teaching the Constitution at Western Michigan University this fall.
“Patriot Week Foundation is a superb organization and the event should be recognized in all states,” said Deb O’Hagan, an area resident who has attended several events.
“Our patriotic holidays and remembrances have become lost in ‘sales’ events and have lost their meaning. Patriot Week brings us back to who we are as a country and how to instill that in future generations!”
Schools and civic groups use the foundation’s template to host their own Patriot Week events. The site assigns an American First Principle to each day of the week. Rule of Law, Equality of Gender and Race, Unalienable Rights, Limited Government, and other themes are accompanied by flags, founding fathers, memorable quotes, related documents and historic events.
Since beginning in 2009, the Patriot Week movement has grown to thirteen participating states. Membership includes pins and educational benefits.
Patriot Week begins each year on September 11 in memory of those lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001. It concludes on September 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
The next Patriot Gathering is scheduled for October 10, at Lockhart’s BBQ in Royal Oak, Michigan. Events are free and open to the public.
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Abigail Nobel is a reporter at Battleground State News and The Ohio Star.