Sandra Day O'Connor honors Constitution in Philly

September 16, 2011 - 11:35 AM
Constitution Day OConnor

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor holds a copy of the Constitution before a recitation of preamble, at the National Constitution Center, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Philadelphia. Sept. 17 marks the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is back at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to commemorate the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

The nation's first female Supreme Court justice joined a group of high school students as they recited the preamble Friday at the center, just across the street from Independence Hall. Saturday is Constitution Day, which marks the anniversary of the document's signing.

After the ceremony, O'Connor touted an online program called iCivics, which promotes education in government. She noted research showing that only 7 percent of eighth-graders know the three branches of government.

On July 4th, 2003, O'Connor narrowly escaped injury when a giant frame collapsed while she was attending the opening of the Constitution Center.