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Observe Constitution and Citizenship Day

by jmaloni
Thu, Sep 9th 2010 03:00 pm
Pick up a newspaper anywhere in the country and the headlines will confirm that the United States Constitution is still centrally important to the everyday lives of Americans. From the First Amendment issues related to the controversy over the siting of a mosque near Ground Zero in New York, to the legal rights of those held in Guantanamo Bay, to the rights and responsibilities of immigrants, the U.S. Constitution forms the basis of the democracy in which we all live.

As we approach ‘Constitution and Citizenship Day' -- created by an act of Congress in 2004 and celebrated each year on Sept. 17 -- The New York State Bar Association, its Law, Youth and Citizenship (LYC) Committee and other partners, have created a website (www.nysba.org/ConstitutionDay) packed with a wealth of resources to help educators, civic groups and parents create meaningful and engaging activities and lesson plans to commemorate this important day.

"On Sept. 17, 1787, when our forefathers adopted the Constitution of the United States of America, they created the framework of one of the most important governing documents in all history," said State Bar Association President Stephen P. Younger of New York (Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP). "Amended only 27 times in its 223-year history, our Constitution is the living, breathing cornerstone for the greatest Democracy in the world."

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