Dear Drexel students, faculty and professional staff:
While July 4th is the birthday of our nation, September 17th is the birthday of our government. On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine delegates to the Constitutional Convention, held right here in Philadelphia, signed the United States Constitution. The Constitution contains the basic laws of the United States in its seven articles and 27 amendments. The ideas on which America was founded—commitments to the rule of law, limited government and the ideals of liberty, equality and justice—are embodied in the document.
In 2004, per the request of Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, Congress passed a law designating September 17th as “Constitution Day”. As Senator Byrd said: "There are several founding documents, like the Declaration of Independence, for example; but the Constitution of the United States is the single most important founding document that we have. It's the oldest constitution in the world and it is a constitution that sets forth the structure of government and the rights of the American people."
I hope that you will enjoy reading the United States Constitution. I truly believe that your appreciation of the document will stay with you throughout your life.
Thank you and God Bless the United States of America.
-John A. Fry