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United States Constitution and Citizenship Day

September 17

In commemoration of the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the Constitution

Student ResearchingA Congressional initiative requires that educational institutions receiving federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education “shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.” (PL 108-447, "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,'' Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Sec.111).

To accomplish this, Liberty University:

  1. Provides information and events related to the Constitution each year
  2. Developed this website to serve as a 24-hour resource for students using informational tools including sources recommended by the U.S. Department of Education [Federal Register: May 24, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 99)]
  3. Forum held to discuss how young people can make an impact in politics and ultimately make America a better place

Past Celebrations

2013

  1. A public web announcement was made on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013.  This reminder noted that we should recognize the sacrifice made 226 years ago to help create the United States Constitution that serves as the framework for our nation.
  2. The Student Service Center in Green Hall at Liberty University proudly displayed Constitution Day posters reminding students of the holiday on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, the recognized day for Constitution Day.
  3. The Financial Aid Office announced Constitution and Citizenship Day in the weekly newsletter that is released to various Liberty faculty and staff.
  4. The Financial Aid Office and Student Service Center displayed a Constitution Day power point presentation on announcement screens on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013, in recognition of Constitution Day.

2012

  1. A public web announcement was made on Monday, September 17th, 2012. This reminder noted that we should be a grateful to the men and women who sacrificed 225 years ago to help create the United States Constitution that serves as the framework for our nation. 
  2. The Student Service Center in Green Hall at Liberty University proudly displayed Constitution Day posters reminding students of the holiday during the entire week leading up to September 17th, 2011, the recognized day for Constitution Day.
  3. The Helms School of Government made announcements that recognized Citizenship and Constitution Day on Monday, September 17, 2012. 
  4. The Financial Aid Office announced Constitution and Citizenship Day in the weekly newsletter that is released to various Liberty faculty and staff.
  5. Creative Arts Director, Justin Kintzel, made an announcement on Monday, September 17th, 2012, during Liberty University's convocation meeting at 10am recognizing Constitution Day. 

2011

  1. Liberty University’s School of Law hosted the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) for a group meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2011.  The meeting was held in the Supreme Courtroom of Liberty University School of Law, the central features of which are an exact replica of the original in Washington, D.C.  Professor Jeffrey Tuomala spoke on the theme, The Constitution in the Affairs of Today.  Tuomala teaches Constitutional Law at the law school and was its founding Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Law students joined Blue Ridge Chapter members in the Supreme Courtroom to hear Professor Tuomala’s remarks.
  2. Pastor Johnnie Moore made an announcement on Friday, September 16th, 2011, during Liberty University’s convocation meeting at 10am recognizing Constitution Day.  This reminder to students serves as a way of celebrating our nation’s freedoms offered by the Constitution of the United States.
  3. The Student Service Center in Green Hall at Liberty University proudly displayed Constitution Day posters reminding students of the holiday during the entire week leading up to September 17th, 2011, the recognized day for Constitution Day.

2010

  1. Dr. Peter A. Lillback, bestselling author and president of Westminster Theological Seminary, was the guest speaker for the Constitution Day convocation in the Vines Center on Friday, Sept. 17, 2010 at 10am. Lillback used his knowledge of the life and legacy of George Washington to illustrate the passion and “fire” that Americans need to have for Christ and the Christian principles the founding fathers intended the United States to have.  Lillback is passionate about defending the values America was founded on.  He spent many years researching our nation’s founding fathers and the history of the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United States.  He also serves as the president of The Providence Forum, a non-profit scholarly organization committed to preserving, defending and advancing the faith of our founding fathers.

2009

  1. Liberty University School of Law Dean Mathew Staver stated that we are celebrating “Constitution Week” beginning Monday, Sept. 14.  He also told students that it was “Liberty means Freedom” week.  He encouraged all students to register to vote in their dorms on Monday night. Staver spoke briefly at Wednesday, Sept. 16's convocation about the case he would be defending on Thursday, Sept. 17, Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. This case was announced by Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. The case concerns a school principal in Florida being charged as a criminal for praying over a meal at a school function.
  2. At the Monday, Sept. 14 Convocation a lecture was given called “The Constitution” with guest speaker David Barton, president and founder of Wallbuilders, a national pro-family organization which distributes historical, legal and statistical information and helps citizens become active in their local schools and communities.  Barton also serves as a consultant to legislators and has participated in cases at the Supreme Court. Barton has been named by "Time Magazine" as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals for his involvement with separation between church and state issues as well as his influential books about faith and government. Mr. Barton was also a guest speaker in the Supreme Courtroom replica (School of Law).
  3. On Wednesday, Sept. 16's Convocation, Bob McEwen, Senior Advisor of Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald law firm, visited Liberty to attend a reception at the Helms School of Government. Additionally he spoke at convocation with a lecture titled “American Exceptionalism.”  McEwen stated that as Americans we value our individualism and that the founding fathers were individual citizens who created a constitution that would ensure that the government serves the people. He proposed that America is such a blessing is because we hold the value of individualism sacredly, which lends a hand to free enterprise. McEwen used the story of Flight 93 and the heroic feat that the passengers accomplished on Sept. 11, 2001, to prove that citizens are the ones who make America the blessing that it is. Liberty students were challenged to exercise their unique qualities, granted to each by God, to stand up for their country and register to vote because of those who have gone before them to die for their freedom. Mr. McEwen formerly represented Ohio in the United States House of Representative for six terms.
  4. On Friday, Sept. 18's Convocation, guest speaker Herman Cain, CEO and President of "THE New Voice, Inc.", a business consulting company, and "head coach" of "Herminator's Intelligent Thinkers Movement" that works to put American citizens back in control of government policies, wrapped up "National Constitution Week."  Mr. Cain’s biography states that he is the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  He has also addressed fiscal and government policies in national debates. As the recipient of eight honorary doctorates, Cain has been influential in many political and business organizations. Cain is passionate about standing for what he believes and encouraging other to do the same through his many motivational speeches and radio talk shows.
David Barton

2008

  1. Liberty provided lectures and events on Constitutional history, including Constitutional scholar, Mr. David Barton, who provided in-depth analysis of the framers of the United States Constitution to staff and students in Convocation and in the School of Law Supreme Court Room replica at Green Hall on Sept. 17, 2008 at 10am.

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