U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today released the following statement in honor of Constitution Day:
"Since being signed 225 years ago today, the Constitution has served as the pillar of freedom and liberty in our great nation," Johanns said. "This Constitution Day, we remember how fortunate we are to live in a free society, and how important it is to defend these freedoms. Its essence protects our very basic human rights: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Elected leaders take an oath to protect the ideals and freedoms of the Constitution, and upholding that oath is our most important responsibility."
Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution as well as those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed every September 17, the anniversary of the Constitution's signing at the Constitutional Convention in 1787.