Department of Defense Education Activity

Media Advisory: March 11, 2011
, DoDEA Educational Communications Officer: 703-588-3260
, DoDEA, Public Affairs Officer: 703-588-3272

ARLINGTON, VA — Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Schools join public schools across the nation and federal agencies by holding a variety of educational programs on the Constitution on Constitution Day/Week.
President Obama has proclaimed September 17, 2010, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and September 17 through September 23, 2010, as Constitution Week. He has encouraged Federal, State, and local officials, as well as leaders of civic, social, and educational organizations, to conduct ceremonies and programs that recognize our Constitution and reaffirm our rights and obligations as citizens of this great Nation -

Most Americans know that July 4th is our nation’s birthday. Far fewer Americans know that September 17th is the birthday of our government, the date in 1787 on which delegates to the Philadelphia Convention completed and signed the U.S. Constitution.

The ideas on which America was founded—commitments to the rule of law, limited government and ideals of liberty, equality and justice—are embodied in the Constitution, the oldest written constitution of any nation on Earth. Constitution Day and week is intended to celebrate not only the birthday of our government, but the ideas that make us Americans.

Students throughout DoDEA will mark this historic day/week with information and lesson plans. DoDEA has also developed an educational website focused on the history and importance of the Constitution.Visit the site at: To learn about events in local schools, contact local school principals.

DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten – 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.