Constitution Day 2022

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What is Constitution Day?

Constitution day is a federal observance every September 17th that commemorates the U.S. Constitution. This day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. This Friday, September 16th, 2022, Laurus College will recognize Constitution Day 2022. If you would like a physical copy of the Constitution, please contact us at admin@lauruscollege.edu to have your copy mailed.

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. After the holiday gained support and popularity, the governors of the existing 48 states issued an agreement proclaiming this day a national holiday.

Constitution 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.

What is the Constitution?

“What makes the Constitution worthy of our commitment? First and foremost, the answer is our freedom. It is, quite simply, the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed. It’s also the world’s shortest and oldest national constitution, neither so rigid as to be stifling, nor so malleable as to be devoid of meaning.

Our Constitution has been an inspiration that changed the trajectory of world history for the perpetual benefit of mankind. In 1787, no country in the world had ever allowed its citizens to select their own form of government, much less to select a democratic government. What was revolutionary when it was written, and what continues to inspire the world today, is that the Constitution put governance in the hands of the people.”

Sandra Day O’Conner, former associate justice of the Supreme Court

The United States Constitution is one of several documents that are integral to the founding of the country. It is a charter of government that was written and signed in 1787 during the Philadelphia Convention. The document is the end result of months of passionate debate and deliberation by different state delegates. It is both the shortest and the oldest national constitution and set forth a completely new type of government that puts the power the hands of the people.

The United States Constitution separates the powers of government to create checks and balances to ensure no branch has too much power.

  • The legislative branch creates laws
  • The executive branch executes the law
  • The judicial branch interprets the law

It also describes the purposes and duties of the government as well as defines and limits it’s scope. The document outlines the division of power between the federal and state governments and outlines the system for electing representatives of the people. Finally, the Constitution establishes a process for amending itself so it can change over time as need be.

Read the Constitution

Have you registered to vote? Please follow this link to register online.

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ConstitutionFacts.com

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