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Constitution Day marked by Mike Coffman today, September 17, 2010

The year, 1939. Many events whirled about the world, including war in Europe and the making of major Hollywood movies.

In that year, one man, William Randolph Hearst, advocated, through his chain of daily newspapers, the creation of a holiday. The tribute? He sought to honor American citizenship.

In 1940, Congress designated the third Sunday in May as "I am an American Day." On February 29, 1952, Congress moved that observation to September 17 in honor of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and renamed it "Citizenship Day."

An amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004 established the holiday in 2004, renaming it "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," its official name.

Today, you can join Mike Coffman as he commemorates the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with an Open House from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Coffman District Office, 9220 Kimmer Drive, Suite 220, Lone Tree, Colorado. Constituents will receive a free pocketsize Constitution. For more information, contact Coffman’s office at 720-273-9772.


  • jk03 3 years ago

    Celebrating Citizenship or Constitution Day see how well you know the Constitution. Take the multiple choice quiz at Go to the table of contents and under American Government, take the Constitution quiz (there are 33 questions) and see how you do. You can also read a brief chapter on American Government and the Constitution.



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