Tomorrow the Cayman Island celebrates the living and breathing document that is the basis for the way we choose to be governed.
We call it a living and breathing document because - as you can see from the article on pages 4-5 - our constitution has grown from its humble beginnings of that first draft in 1958 to subsequent changes.
The latest change to our governing document came in 2009 when, for the first time in our history, Caymanians went to the polls to vote in a referendum on whether to approve a new constitution.
Not only was the referendum a new voting tool, but the bill of rights that accompanies the new constitution was new.
As you read Carol Winker’s article in today’s Observer on Sunday about the Cayman Islands Constitution, you will realise that we, as a young country, have gone through several substantial changes to our governing document. Each year we set aside a day - the first Monday in July - to celebrate the adoption of our first constitution, which came into operation on 4 July, 1959. While we don’t celebrate our Constitution Day with cookouts and fireworks like our neighbours to the north do for the Fourth of July, it is a day to reflect on our governing document and how we got where we are today.