“It’s about celebrating the values of American democracy established in our constitution and the diversity of all United States citizens including those who were born in the United States and the immigrants who become citizens every year through naturalization ceremonies,” – Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood
Guam – This Sunday the District Court of Guam will be celebrating the 2017 Constitution Day and Citizenship Day at the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum in Hagatna.
The event is open to the public and will run from 10am to 5pm. Then on Monday the District Court of Guam will hold a historical special naturalization ceremony at the Guam Museum for 65 new citizens. Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood says that Constitution Day and Citizenship Day happens every year nationally on September 17 to commemorate the day the Constitution was signed in 1787.
“It’s about celebrating the values of American democracy established in our constitution and the diversity of all United States citizens including those who were born in the United States and the immigrants who become citizens every year through naturalization ceremonies,” said Chief Judge Tydingco-Gatewood.
“You are going to be able to see an exhibit about the constitution. So, we have panels talking about what is in the constitution the preamble the amendments that were added on after the original ten Bill of Rights and we are also going to have a lot of activities so Judge Tydingco-Gatewood is going to be there with our Magistrate Judge Manibusan and they are going to be reading a kids book at 11am and 3pm so if you could make it to those times that would be awesome,” said Victoria Terlaje.
Although it is an educational event there will be all sorts of games, prizes, food trucks, shaved iced, henna art, balloon art and other activities for families to enjoy. The event is open to all ages and is free for the public. However, there is another exhibit also happening at the same time at the Guam Museum which will require general admission.
“It’s called “Waterways” and a companion exhibit “Hita I Hanom” or we are water and it’s exciting. It’s a beautiful exhibit that deals with the environmental and cultural importance of water to our global society but also especially a special feature of Guam and the importance of water on Guam,” said Museum Director Dominica Tolentino
There will also be photo booths and their very own “Uncle Sam” will be available for photos. The Constitution Day exhibit will also remain up for the rest of the week.