South Georgia Tech Celebrates Constitution Day
South Georgia Technical College (SGTC) recently celebrated Constitution Day by distributing colorful bookmarks to students, which displayed the American flag behind the Preamble to the Constitution and information about the Constitution of the United States of America. South Georgia Technical College also commemorated the day on its social media accounts.
Each educational institution in the United States that receives federal funding must observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day each year on September 17th (or the week before or after when September 17th falls on a weekend).
The Constitution of the United States of America was signed by the 55 delegates of the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. September 17 is now known as the national holiday Constitution Day, which SGTC celebrates each year. The holiday was adopted to encourage increased education of the American people in citizenship, civics, and the United States Constitution.
Constitution Day was first observed in Iowa in 1911, and in 1917, the Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day. The committee would include members such as Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller, and General John Pershing.
The Constitution sets forth the organization of the United States government, including the separation of powers between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. This document remains the foundation of our government, and still stands today as the model for democratic governments around the world.