DOD to observe Constitution Day, Citizenship Day on Sept. 17

The Department of Defense observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on that day in 1787. (Courtesy graphic)

The Department of Defense observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on that day in 1787. (Courtesy graphic)

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Department of Defense will observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on that day in 1787. 

"Our Airmen are stationed and deployed around the world protecting the freedoms embodied in our Constitution," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley. "As we celebrate the anniversary of this landmark document, I hope we all take a moment to remember those currently serving our nation, as well as those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families who are left behind." 

To assist in celebrating this event, training and educational materials will be provided to all DOD employees to encourage them to hold ceremonies and special programs.

The Web site, http://constitutionday.cpms.osd.mil/, provides useful information and resources, including an interactive course that helps people learn more about the Constitution and how this landmark document continues to guide this nation. On Sept. 15, the site will add a special video presentation featuring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, retired associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Patricia Bradshaw, deputy under secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy, says we have a special obligation to understand and appreciate the Constitution and the role we each play in providing "for the common defense."

"Observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," she says, "is one way for each of us to take some time to reflect upon our civic duties, rights and obligations through a renewed appreciation of this document."