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Constitution Day, September 17: New Resources Available
Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving Senator in the history of the nation, who died this year, was known for his love of the Constitution. In 2004, he helped enact the federal law that officially designates September 17 as Constitution and Citizenship Day in the United States.
“I did so because I care so deeply about this precious document,” Byrd wrote. “It is a learned and dynamic document… Brilliant in its brevity, it remains extraordinary in its wisdom. It is my hope that citizens of every State in the Union, including children, will be inspired to organize local celebrations on Constitution Day.”
Under the 2004 law, all publicly funded educational institutions are required to provide educational programs about the Constitution each September 17.
The Judiciary’s website at www.uscourts.gov, offers a variety of programs on the Constitution for use throughout the year, including conversations with Supreme Court justices on the Constitution and jury service, and activities and handouts to familiarize students with the federal court system and involve them as participants in landmark court decisions. Access materials at: www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources.aspx.
As Byrd said: “Each of us should give thanks that on September 17, 1787, our forefathers signed their names to the new Constitution and launched mankind’s most remarkable experiment in self-governance.”