Constitution Day: Gear up for nationwide celebrations
Across the nation, schools and universities are celebrating Constitution and Citizenship Day today. If you do not recall celebrating this storied day in your youth, it's because the law designating the day as a national holiday went into effect in 2007.
The late Sen. Robert Byrd (R-WV) pushed through a law that required all government-funded institutions to "complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside."
The day marks the 223th anniversary of the Constitutional Congress ratifying the Consitution. Read the document that frames the U.S. laws here.
If you feel left out of the celebration, the National Archives will let you in on the party with instructions for the Constitution Game, brush up on the Who's Who of Constitution signers, and learn what the game Monopoly has to do with the Constitution.
Or to get your patriotic blood flowing, have a listen to the tattoo of the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps:
(Special post dedication to Poppa Bell. The old man loves the Constitution.)
| September 17, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
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