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Planning for Constitution Day
On September 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution. In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week to encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution. Then in 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia sponsored legislation designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day. Since then, public schools and governmental offices have been required, in Byrd’s words, “to take steps to ensure that our Constitution and our system of government are known, understood, and cherished by the people they were established to serve.”
Constitution Day 2011 falls on a Saturday, so the day will be observed in classrooms and courts on Friday, September 16. Courts and teachers who would like assistance in developing programs for the day will find resources online at www.uscourts.gov under Educational Resources/Constitution Day. This year’s theme is: Federal Courts: Guardians of the Constitution.