“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.” – Patrick Henry
Constitution Day is celebrated each year during Public Affairs Week on September 17. The holiday commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 of our nation’s Founding Fathers on September 17, 1787. All Americans are encouraged to observe this important day in our nation’s history by participating in activities and events, like those hosted as part of Public Affairs Week.
2014 Constitution Day activities include:
1. Author and speaker Mike Dilbeck will present "Courageous Leadership" focusing on the importance of standing up, stepping in and speaking out for others and for what's right.
2. TurboVote voter registration tables will be placed across campus throughout the week. Via laptops, students can sign-up to register to vote, obtain absentee ballots and/or get text/email reminders using the University's TurboVote co-branded website. Receive your patriotic 'duckie' for signing up! TurboVote is sponsored by MSU's Student Government Association.
3. Pocket U.S. Constitutions will be distributed.
4. Hourly constitutional facts and quizzes will be posted via Facebook and Twitter as well as other University educational postings.
5. A day-long Civic Engagement Conference will be held focusing on creating critical dialogue between the University, local community leaders and organizations to help solve pressing public issues and the importance of engaged citizenship.
6. Constitutional Trivia will be a portion of the student's "After Hours" activities.
7. The powerful documentary "Invisible War" will be the featured as the on-campus evening film.
8. A Carillon Bells patriotic song recital will be played and heard across the campus at noon.