Provide For The Common Defense

200 Years of Soldiers Provide for a Common Defense

by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas, LTC, retired

Original Graphite Pencil Work (13"x 19" ) Collection of Artist

    The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America, in stating the purposes of a new supreme law of the land, in part, reads as follows:

"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense........"

In 1987 we commemorated the Bicentennial of the Constitution. Twenty-two American army veterans of the Revolutionary War were numbered among the delegates who signed that hallowed document. Those veterans were both patriots and leaders, who not only fought in the revolution, they preserved their victory by drafting the Constitution, a "most remarkable work," and creating a new government for the recently "united" states.

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They were adamant that government's authority to exist come only from the People themselves. The Constitution created a military to "provide for the common defense," to safeguard our precious individual liberties.

"God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it." Thomas Jefferson, 1806

The scene in this artwork depicts more than two hundred years and countless generations of men willing to serve the cause of freedom.   Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with their forefathers, these latter day defenders of liberty and Constitution are certainly patriots and leaders in every sense of the words.

In 1987, artist Frank M. Thomas allowed the Army Office of Public Affairs and the Secretary of the Army's special Constitutional Bicentennial staff to employ this artwork, his two hundred year grouping of soldiers, in the Army¹s observance of the Bicentennial of the Constitution. This art saw worldwide use by the Army.

Art print #1/415 of this series belongs to the Library of Congress, and has been on display in the Constitutional exhibit in Philadelphia.   It was presented to the Library of Congress during the celebration of the Bicentennial of the Constitution.   Ezra Taft Benson, the former Secretary of Agriculture, and then Leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormons), made the presentation in behalf of the artist..

The (above shown) Lithographic Art Print Offering:

13" x 19" (Limited Edition of 415) (signed by artist - ready to frame)......................$45.00                                     


200 Years of Soldiers Provide for a Common Defense
(Shown Below) by U.S. Army Combat Artist Frank M. Thomas, LTC, retired

Original Graphite Pencil Work (in color) (13"x 19") In Collection of Artist

Printed in a Giclee Process (on heavy watercolor paper) 

Offering:     13" x 19"  (signed by artist - ready to frame)......................$65.00