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Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

onstitution Day and Citizenship Day is celebrated each year on September 17. You may ask yourself, why is Citizenship Day celebrated on September 17? Well, the answer to that is simple. September 17 is the anniversary of the 1787 signing of the U.S. Constitution. A special line that was added to the U.S. Constitution let everyone know that they were always welcomed in the new nation, “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” On this day we take the time to recognize people who are taking their journey in becoming U.S. Citizens. President Truman delivered his first Citizenship Day Speech on September 17, 1952 in which he “embraced the principles of ‘tolerance, friendship and equality’.” He continued by stating, “We welcome you…not to a narrow nationalism but a great community based on a set of universal ideals.” Overall, this day is to remind us that we all are either immigrants ourselves or descendants of immigrants. 

Mercedes Riggs