Commonwealth marks Constitution Day


Editor’s Note: The CNMI marks Constitution Day today. Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios issued the following statement on Monday:
“Dec. 8 is a day that personifies our political and religious identity as a community. We celebrate the creation of our government and the progress we have made as a Commonwealth in political union with the United States. We also honor our islands’ Catholic tradition of celebrating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

 “We commemorate the beginning of a journey four decades ago in a school auditorium where a group of 39 courageous leaders joined together under the idea of self-determination. With the words of our preamble, ‘We the People of the Northern Mariana Islands,’ they launched our story—our journey to the future we see today. 

 “The Commonwealth Constitution is the foundation of our government, and this “embodiment of our traditions and hopes” will remain our guiding force as we work to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild our economy, continue our typhoon recovery, ensure public safety in our villages, achieve our health care goals, expand educational opportunities for our students, and ensure economic prosperity for every single person who calls the Marianas home. 

 “From our families to yours, may all of the CNMI have a safe and restful Constitution Day. Continue to remain vigilant during your social gatherings. The work of our COVID-19 Task Force, doctors, nurses, and first responders, as well as the cooperation of our community are why the CNMI is the safest place in the United States from COVID-19.”

Saipan Tribune

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