Puerto Rican Constitution Day

The Island of Puerto Rico was among the numerous battlefields in the Spanish American War.  US forces landed (or, invaded, depending on your point of view) on July 25, 1898, ending 400 years of Spanish rule.  This event is now celebrated in Puerto Rico as Constitution Day, honoring the Constitution that was adopted by the people of Puerto Rico in 1952.  The preamble of the Constitution of Puerto Rico begins, “We, the people of Puerto Rico, in order to organize ourselves politically on a fully democratic basis, to promote the general welfare, and to secure for ourselves and our posterity the complete enjoyment of human rights, placing our trust in Almighty God, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the commonwealth which, in the exercise of our natural rights, we now create within our union with the United States of America.”