TRI-STATE (WFIE) - It's a day that's meant to empower us to show who we are and develop those skills we need to flourish in the 21st century.
Character Day will be celebrated throughout the world on Friday, September 18.
It's certainly a very good time to stop and reflect on how we can we build character in our communities.
20 years ago, the Indiana General Assembly approved one of this nation's first mandates for good citizenship, requiring 13 character qualities be taught in schools - with special emphasis on honesty, courtesy, obedience of law, respect for parents, the home, the national flag, the constitution, and necessity of honest labor.
Kentucky approved a character education mandate 15 years ago. 18 states have followed and others are considering it.
Character development is also a mission for communities. Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati promote a model "Community of Character" and eight states have legal declarations to be "States of Character".
Promoting character values in our homes and in our workplace is something we can all, and should all do.
Ethical and engaged citizens lead to a just and caring world.
Our nation needs more of them.