Constitution Day 2016 at Laurus College
by the Marketing Department at Laurus College
Today, Laurus College recognizes Constitution Day, an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. On September 17, 1787, the U.S. Constitution was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, presided over by George Washington. The U.S. Constitution established America’s national government and fundamental laws, and guaranteed citizens certain basic rights.
Under America’s first governing document, the Articles of Confederation, the national government was weak and states operated like independent countries. At the 1787 convention, delegates devised a plan for a stronger federal government with three branches–executive, legislative and judicial–along with a system of checks and balances to ensure no single branch would have too much power. In 1971, the Bill of Rights, which included the 10 amendments guaranteeing the basic individual protections such as freedom of speech and religion, became part of the U.S. Constitution.
Before the law that was created in 2004 establishing today as Constitution Day, this holiday was previously known as Citizenship Day. William Randolph Hearst suggested in 1939 that there should be a holiday created to celebrate American Citizenship. Only a year later, Congress designated the third Sunday in the month of May as “I am an American Day.” After the holiday gained support and popularity, the governors of the existing 48 states issued an agreement proclaiming this day a national holiday. In 1952, Olga T. Weber had petitioned to change the date to correspond with the anniversary of the Constitution which eventually led to a new law taking place that observed “I am an American Day” as “Citizenship Day” on September 17.
Constitution Day, along with Independence Day and Presidents’ Day, is an important part of the cultural heritage of the United States of America, because it recognizes the value of the American experiment, and the success of a nation of free people whose rights and liberties are protected by a written Constitution.
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