Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to observe on September 17 | Guest columns



Constitution Day & Citizenship Day is a unique celebration that commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution while recognizing both naturalized citizens and those born in the United States. in group ceremonies. (On average, about 700,000 people become U.S. citizens each year.)

To celebrate, we watch an unusual close-up of the Statue of Liberty, a welcoming sight for immigrants and a symbol of freedom since 1886. The tablet of the statue bears the date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence (July 4th 1776) inscribed in Roman numerals: “JUILLET IV MDCCLXXVI”.

So why is September 17 both Constitution Day and Citizenship Day? The reason is rooted in the era of WWII. In 1940, Congress created I Am an American Day, a manifestation of American patriotism. A dozen years later, President Harry Truman enacted Citizenship Day, which replaced I Am an American Day and moved the celebration to September 17 – the day the Constitution was signed in 1787.

Finally, in 2004, the day was referred to as the mix of the celebrations we have today – Constitution Day and Citizenship Day celebrated jointly.



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