Why we celebrate U.S. Constitution Origins Resources

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Celebrate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution,
this Sept. 17th

"Our Constitution embodies the vision of the Framers, their dream of freedom, supported by the genius of practical structure which has come to be known as the checks and balances and separation of powers. But we cannot defend and protect this dream if we are ignorant of the Constitution‘s history and how it works."
-Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia

In 2004, Congress created Constitution and Citizenship Day, which requires that all U.S. schools receiving federal funds somehow observe the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, Sept. 17, 1787.

The new law began as a provision in the Consolidation Appropriations Act, and was signed by President Bush in 2005. The provision was proposed by Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), with the goal that every generation would become aware of the historical significance of Constitution Day itself, as well as have the opportunity to gain pivotal understanding of our nation's guiding document, and the rights, freedoms, and privileges guaranteed therein.

You are encouraged to browse this site, and take advantage of the wealth of resources on our Constitution and the foundations of U.S. democracy. You are also encouraged to visit Western Libraries to learn about many more resources. For civic-related events on campus, visit WWU's American Democracy Project site.

Click here to see the official Dept. of Education notice about Constitution Day in the Federal Register.

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