East Texas (KETK) — On Tuesday, the United States recognizes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
The day was designated to be celebrated on September 17th each year, to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.
The following is an exerpt from the official presidential proclamation of Constitution Day for 2013:
In May of 1787, delegates gathered in the Pennsylvania State House to chart a new course for our nascent country. They met in a time of economic hardship and passionate debate, but with the understanding that while controversy is a hallmark of democracy, the forces of tension and uncertainty pale in comparison to the strength of our common ideals. In a document that has endured for more than two and a quarter centuries, the Framers put forth their vision for a more perfect Union.
Our Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and after an extended period of national conversation and with the promise of a bill of rights, it became the supreme law of the land. Since that time, America's Constitution has inspired nations to demand control of their own destinies. It has called multitudes to seek freedom and prosperity on our shores. We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.
U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement in observance of Constitution Day:
“In 1787, our Founding Fathers crafted a document that has endured to become the blueprint for all nations who wish to foster a free society. The United States Constitution was revolutionary not only in the government it created, but in the freedoms it protected for American citizens.
“As we mark the anniversary of its signing, I encourage all Texans to take a moment today to reflect on the Constitution and the liberties we maintain living in a country that is truly governed by ‘we the people.’”