Today, September 17, 2015, marks the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States’ most revered document: The Constitution! In the United States, we have many days celebrating our independence, our veterans, and our rich history as a nation, but Constitution Day was created not only to celebrate, but also to educate.
In 2004 Congress created Constitution Day requiring that all schools receiving federal funding to offer an educational program on the U.S. Constitution. September 17 was chosen because it was the final day of the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. 39 men signed the Constitution; do you know which historical figure was not present to sign the historical document?
It also happens to be Citizenship Day, where the United States Citizen and Immigration Services encourages Americans to reflect on their citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are United States observance days, but they are not public holidays.
By Brandon Bordenkircher
September 17, 2015