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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.)

By Melissa Bell  | September 17, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
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um, ok. and the date for this celebration is .....?

Posted by: jbmeyers | September 17, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Celebrating Citizenship Day or have Constitution Day activities planned? Try the multiple choice quiz at Go to the table of contents and under American Government, take the Constitution quiz and see how you do. There is also an interactive three branches of government lesson and a brief chapter on American Government and the Constitution.

Posted by: jowoodfine | September 17, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't every day be Constitution Day?

Posted by: yellojkt | September 17, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, jbmeyers. Note to WaPo: Who What Where When Why & How, please. Basic journo stuff.

Posted by: greyK | September 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Happy Constitution Day to All Americans!

I got you something, it's a print@home Constitution Bookmark:

In honor of the Bill of Rights I'm going to print, fold, and give away 10 of them by the end of the day.

How about you? I bet you can do better than that :D

Posted by: Edwin1969 | September 17, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Er... It's today. Thanks, jbmeyers. And greyk note taken!

Posted by: Melissa Bell | September 17, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Senator Byrd a Democrat?

Posted by: tksfu | September 17, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

tksfu-- what is your point about Senator Byrd? The average score on the Constitution Test was less than 25 out of 50 questions for the USA. Senator Byrd was right about a need to make "We the People"
better educated on the US Constitution. Sad how little we know about how our system works. Those yelling the loudest about "the attack on our basic freedoms and our Constitution" should perhaps actually read it. They sometimes seem to fit Mark Twains definition of "patriot".
"The feller that yells the loudest without knowing what he is yelling about."

Posted by: truffle4 | September 17, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

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