Two hundred twenty-six years ago, the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting on Sept. 17, 1787. By federal proclamation this date is now Constitution Day or Citizenship Day, naming Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

The U.S. Constitution is a 4,400-word document and is considered the supreme law of our nation. It is also the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world. The Constitution provides the framework for the organization of the United States government.

Since 1952, the Constitution has been on display in the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. The original parchment can be viewed behind protective glass framed with titanium. To preserve the document’s quality, the cases contain argon gas and are kept at 67 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 percent humidity.

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the four-page document by 39 brave men, recognizing that all who are born in the U.S., or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Join with me in observing this important day in our country’s history by imagining that if we had to earn our citizenship, could we do so by correctly answering the following questions:

Identify the civic text in which the following quotes originally appeared:

1.“We the People, in order to form a more perfect Union?” (The Preamble to the Constitution)

2.“Our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor?” (The Declaration of Independence)

Now, answer these citizenship questions:

3. Name a U.S. state that borders Mexico? (California)

4. He is only in his 50’s, but serves as our Chief Justice in the U.S. Supreme Court? (John Roberts)

5. Name the three women who currently serve as Supreme Court Justices? (Ruth Ginsberg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan)

When the Constitution was signed, the nation’s population was 4 million. Now, multiply that number by 100 to envision the current residents of our country. Yet, the U.S. Constitution is still the source of legal authority underlying the foundation of the United State of America. I am grateful and honored to be a U.S. citizen.

Susie Casstevens serves as the librarian for the AH Meadows Public and High School Library. Contact Susie at 972-775-3417 ext 1061 or visit the web at