Chairman’s Remarks

Constitution Day

Hello, I am Jon Peede, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Welcome to NEH’s Constitution Day portal on our EDSITEment website.

Constitution Day encourages students and teachers to learn about the importance of the Constitution in helping us establish our common civic heritage.

To quote the Preamble:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Isn’t that magnificent? It used to be common for Americans to memorize the preamble in school. Using NEH funding, school children continue to learn about the representative government our founders created. Through our partnership in the Civics Renewal Network and the Preamble Challenge, NEH encourages students to once again become familiar with these indelible words. You too can participate by registering at

The more we learn about the Constitution, the more we learn about being American citizens.

So please join me in reading and re-reading one of the world’s greatest documents, the US Constitution.

Thank you.

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