The president of the United States proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week on Aug. 2, 1956. Without telling you who he was, kindly use your history knowledge and remember which president proclaimed it.
Before this date, this time was known as Citizenship Day (36 U.S.C. 106). To date, the town of Gilbert, Ariz., leads the nation with a commemorative week full of activities for young and old citizens. To further promote the principles of the U.S. Constitution, the Gilbert citizens added the family home evening with lessons about the colonial era.
Patrick Henry, a Founding Father, stated that the “Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” It is the sum of the United States’ citizens who hold the destiny of the country through the principles of the Constitution.
It was Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, who said, “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts – not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
Again, the future of this nation rests in the hands of those who live their lives through the principles of the Constitution. Knowing the Constitution and actively participating in civic meetings preserves our liberty. Choose a meeting to attend in October, such as a school board, planning commission, city council meeting or Solano County board meeting, and become involved.