On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. In honor of this historic event, the President is requested since 1956 to designate this as Constitution Week.
On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and during Constitution Week, Americans come together and recognize the blessings bestowed upon our great Nation. On this occasion we celebrate the courage of the Constitution’s drafters and recommit ourselves to making the United States a more perfect union.
In recognition of the signing of the Constitution and of Americans who strive to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of citizenship, the Congress, by joint resolution of February 29, 1952 (36 U.S.C. 106, as amended), designated September 17 as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,” and by joint resolution of August 2, 1956 (36 U.S.C. 108, as amended), requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week.”
A Constitution Fair is being held this Saturday, 6-9 pm at Mesquite High School, Gilbert, AZ. There will be fireworks, fun/games, colonial characters and more. Check out their web site: Constitution Week USA
Consider this quote I found on the Constitution Week USA website:
The United States Constitution
“The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner’s manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world’s most unruly, passionate and energetic people sage, prosperous and free.”
– P. J. O’Rourke US Humorist & political commentator (1947- )
Constitutional Studies & Your Own Pocket Constitution
Check out the National Center for Constitutional Studies (NCCS) to educate yourself in civics that you may not have learned in school. I know what I am learning now was never taught to me in school. To keep our Republic, our citizens need to be educated on freedom and liberty or we risk losing those precious liberties.
Please educate yourself on your country’s founding, NCCS is a great place to start:
- Receive a free pocket constitution or purchase additional quantities.
- Learn more about our country and why it is so unique.
- Find study groups in your area
- Arrange study group
- Attend webinar “Making of America”
- Purchase books to understand our country (very reasonably priced)
Question for you? Are we a Democracy or Republic?
Recite the following and fill in the blank for your answer.
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the _______ for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Here is an article discussing this question by Walter Williams, Jan 2005 in Capitalism Magazine