Bill of Rights Day: What is it?

The Bill of Rights Day was established in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a 150-year anniversary commemoration of its ratification by Virginia on Dec. 15, 1791.

To honor the day, The National Archives held a contest this year via Twitter, asking followers to condense the ten amendments in the Bill of Rights down to 140 characters each. The prize was a reproduction of the Bill of Rights.

President Obama released a statement early in the week covering the Bill of Rights Day, among other topics.

"The United States will always speak for those who are voiceless, defend those who are oppressed, and bear witness to those who want nothing more than to exercise their universal human rights," the presidential proclamation reads.

"Our Bill of Rights protects these fundamental values at home, and guides our actions as we stand with those who seek to exercise their universal rights, wherever they live."

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