Constitution Day, formerly known as Citizenship Day, commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787, and recognizes all who by birth or naturalization have become citizens of the United States. This year it is being celebrated on Friday, September 16, 2011.
Do you know the contents of this great document upon which our federal government is based? Are you familiar with its legacy and its ideals of an active, engaged citizenry? Unfortunately, unless you've recently taken a citizenship exam, most people know almost nothing about our Constitution. In honor of Constitution Day, take a few minutes to visit some of the websites devoted to this revered document. Take a quiz to see how much you actually know. Order a pocket version of the Constitution for your personal library or download an app for your mobile device. Go to www.constitutionfacts.com and www.constitutioncenter.org.
You can pick up a free copy of America’s most important document in the Irvine Valley College Student Services Quad from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm on Thursday, 9/15.
No matter how much we argue about the details of its meaning today, in the opinion of many, the Constitution signed in Philadelphia in 1787 represents the greatest expression of statesmanship and compromise ever written.
This year, celebrate Constitution Day by becoming a better informed and actively engaged citizen of your city, state and country. Vote, volunteer, participate—and begin by reading the four page document that is the basis of our democratic system of government.
"I consider the difference between a system founded on the legislatures only, and one founded on the people, to be the difference between a league or treaty and a constitution." --James Madison, at the Constitutional Convention, 1787