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Constitution Day
Special Interest
We the People.....

When: September 17th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Educational discussions regarding the freedoms, purpose and framework of how the United States of America was intended to be governed. Welcoming new citizens that have recently been granted citizenship to the United States of America.

Numbers

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) In 2019, to celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, 34,300 new U.S. citizens were recognized at 316 naturalization ceremonies  between September 13 and 23. 

Description

Also known as Citizenship Day, this U.S. holiday is intended to recognize and remember the signing of of the Constitution by the delegates of the constitutional convention on September 17, 1787.  According to the National Archives: The four pages of the Constitution are proudly showcased at the National Archives. There is however a fifth page, the Letter of Transmittal of when the Constitution was to be written and delivered to the Congress  under the Articles of Confederation. The letter, which describes theConstitution, is signed by George Washington, who at the time was the President of the Constitutional Convention. It is dated September 17, 1787,  which is the anniversary the holiday is celebrated each year as Constitution Day or Citizenship Day.  On September 17, 2020 The 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump made a proclamation, a speech to reaffirm the country's  leadership  and Presidential commitment to the values said forth in the U.S. Constitution.  The speech was meant to reassure all Americans that we will always remember those who have perished as well as the heroes that displayed courage, during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 

Interesting Facts

  1. Only one Amendment to the Constitution has ever been repealed...the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).
  2. In order to make an amendment to the Constitution, first the amendments are repealed by adding another amendment... confusing huh?
  3. John Adams was serving as ambassador to Great Britain, and Thomas Jefferson was ambassador to France at the time of the signing of the Constitution, therefore were not at the ConstitutionalConvention in 1787 and did not sign the Constitution.
  4. There were six men that signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution: George Read,Roger Sherman, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Clymer, and James Wilson.
  5. Even though the Constitution does not require that the Speaker of the House of Representatives be a member of the House, a nonmember has never been chosen as Speaker.

 

Information

Observed:
  • September 17th
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