We must live and remember the legacy of our founding fathers, “to establish a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. Americans all over the country celebrate Constitution day and Citizenship day each year on September 17th, as well as Constitution week on September 17-23. The U.S. Constitution was signed in Philadelphia by delegates to the Constitutional Convention from 12 states September 17th 1787.
This holiday started in 1911 when schools in Iowa first recognized Constitution Day. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “I am an American Day” and congress designated the third Sunday in May to celebrate it. On February 29, 1952, Congress changed the name from “I am an American Day” to “Citizenship Day” and moved its observation to September 17th. In 2004, the day was renamed “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day”. In 2004 Senator Robert Byrd inserted language into the omnibus spending bill, renaming the holiday and enforcing its educational mission, before this law, this holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”.
Today and everyday, Americans commemorate the adoption of the constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens. We celebrate our diversity, and the long history of contributions that came from immigrants who have helped shape this country. We also understand the value of immigrants and immigration to our nation, as we welcome more than 30,000 new U.S. citizens this week.
Elektra B. Yao is a multilingual Immigration Attorney and the owner of The Law Office of Elektra B. Yao. You can contact her at (917)587-9189 and at Elektra@yaofirm.com. Please visit her website at www.yaofirm.com