"As Federal civil servants supporting the Department of Defense, we have a special obligation to understand and appreciate the U.S. Constitution and the role we each play in providing 'for the common defense'. Observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 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 that so eloquently expresses our firm belief in and commitment to liberty, freedom, and justice." - Patricia S. Bradshaw Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Civilian Personnel Policy)
September 17 has been designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Specifically, Congressional Appropriations Bill H.R. 4818, P.L. 108-447, requires Federal agencies to provide new employees with educational and training materials on the U.S. Constitution as part of the new employee orientation materials; and provide all Federal agency employees educational and training materials on the Constitution on September 17th.
You can learn more about Constitution Day and the Constitution at the Department of Defense's Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Website
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