Constitution and Citizenship Day

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 men on September 17, 1787. It defines the framework of the Federal Government of the United States. According to the United States Senate: “The Constitution’s first three words—We the People—affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens. For over two centuries the Constitution has remained in force because its framers wisely separated and balanced governmental powers to safeguard the interests of majority rule and minority rights, of liberty and equality, and of the federal and state governments.”

The legislation authorizing this Day states, “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year should hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on Sept. 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.” Should Sept. 17 fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, educational institutions should celebrate “Constitution Day” the preceding or following week. The full text of the authorizing legislation can be found in Section 111 of Division J of Pub. L. 108-447, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,” Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Section 111).

To commemorate Constitution and Citizenship Day:

Sept. 18, 2017: MTSA will be delivering the pocket Constitution to students.

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