Yesterday, President Obama signed the Presidential Proclamation declaring Constitution
Day and Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week, 2012. A joint resolution of Congress on February 29, 1952 designated September 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Four years later, Congress requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as “Constitution Week.” Since 2005, all publicly funded educational institutions provide educational programming on the
history of the American Constitution on that day.
According to the National Constitution Center, September 17th is important because “Constitution Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our Constitution and celebrate the official creation of the government we have today. Just as Independence Day allows us to remember our Declaration of Independence, it is important for us to remember our founding fathers and what they were able to accomplish.” It also gives us a chance to “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”
This year we are celebrating the 225th anniversary of the signing of our Constitution. Since this is an election year, many people have questions about how the Constitution affects the presidency. Check out the National Constitution Center ‘s interactive chat line Constitution Hall Pass – The Presidency for more information on the Constitution and the presidency.
You do not have to be a lawyer or a paralegal to learn something new about the Constitution. Everyone should be interested in the Constitution because it is the framework of our government. According to the Constitutionfacts.com, “The Constitution is certainly the most influential legal document in existence. Since its creation some two hundred years ago, over one hundred countries around the world have used it as a model for their own. And it is a living document. It is one of the world’s oldest surviving constitutions. And, while the Supreme Court continually interprets the U.S. Constitution so as to reflect a rapidly changing world, its basic tenets have remained virtually unchanged since its inception, and unchallenged as well.”