Constitution and Citizenship Days to be Celebrated on September 17
The goal of Constitution Day is to: perpetuate the Constitution to each succeeding generation; promote the annual national simultaneous recitation of the Preamble across all of America, especially in the schools; involve all the 50 states in the roll call of states in the order they ratified the Constitution or were admitted to the Union; educate each new generation to the uniqueness and brilliance of our Constitution, the most perfect governmental document conceived by man; and show the need to protect and defend it to maintain our liberties.
Some informational resources pertaining to the Constitution that may be useful in planning educational activities are listed on the U.S. Department of Education's website. Use the search box and enter "Constitution Day". Other nonpartisan resources are listed at BillofRightsInstitute.org.
- Interactive Constitution from the National Constitution Center
- The Library of Congress American Memory Project
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Center for Civic Education
- Lesson Plans from the National Constitution Center
Civics Education Week in Virginia
House Joint Resolution No. 627 (PDF) passed in February 2007 designated the third week of September, in 2007 and in each succeeding year, as Civics Education Week in Virginia.