Two hundred twenty-seven years ago, the Framers of the Constitution signed their names to the Constitution of the United States.
They had met to establish a new form of effective government and develop its constitution while not infringing upon the rights of individuals or the States.
Our Constitution has proven to be an unquestionable success, and it remains the oldest written constitution currently in effect. We continue to benefit from the far-seeing wisdom of the Bill of Rights, the separation of powers, access to the courts, the right to criticize, and the right to practice our religious beliefs.
On December 8, 2004, President George W. Bush signed legislation establishing September 17 of each year as Constitution Day. The birthday of our Constitution is September 17, 1787—the date that the U.S. Constitution was signed.
Today, on Constitution Day, we celebrate a document that forever enshrined the rule of law as a cornerstone of the American experiment. We should increase our knowledge of the history and purpose of the Constitution than many of us have sworn to uphold, protect, and defend. We should all appreciate the role the Constitution has played in enabling us to enjoy the freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness through more than two centuries of American history.