We the People: Celebrate the United States Constitution
We the people...
Two hundred and thirty years ago, the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia's Independence Hall to sign the United States Constitution. Today, educational institutions across the country recognize this event on and around Sept. 17 with educational events and celebrations.
Signed into law in 2004, Constitution and Citizenship Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and also recognizes “all who, by coming of age or naturalization, have become citizens.” Government officials are encouraged to display the flag of the United States on government buildings to commemorate Constitution and Citizenship Day, and the people of the United States are invited to observe the day “in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.”
In 2005, Congress determined that educational institutions that receive federal funds for a given year must hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 of that year for the students they serve.
Faculty, staff and students at Appalachian have taken this opportunity to plan several events during the week of Sept. 17 to engage our campus community in discussions about the U.S. Constitution, its history and its meaning in today’s world.
For more information about "We the People," please contact...
- Dr. Sue Edwards
- View the Constitution of the United States in the National Archives
- Information and resources about Constitution and Citizenship Day
- Dave by the Bell: Constitution Week and You
Illustration by Jim Fleri