Constitution Week to Recognize U.S. Military

OGDEN, Utah –In recognition of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Weber State University’s Constitution Week will focus on the importance of the military and its role in defending the U.S. Constitution.      

The week of presentations will conclude Sept. 16 with a forum featuring student veterans who will discuss defending the constitution.  The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom A.     

This year’s scheduled events at WSU include:

Tuesday (Sept. 13): “Read-a-thon of the U.S. Constitution” where students can receive a   complimentary pocket-sized version of the Constitution;

Wednesday (Sept. 14):  Presentation of an academic panel discussion on the expansion of national government power with regards to war and executive power;

Thursday (Sept. 15): “The People Speak—Readers Theater,” edited by Howard Zinn, featuring dramatic readings, celebrating the enduring spirit of dissent; 

Friday (Sept. 16):  Forum featuring student veterans on defending the constitution.All events will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom A and are free to the public.     

This series of presentations will be sponsored by WSU’s American Democracy Project, Department of History and Department of Political Science and Philosophy.    

“Everyone in America knows about the Fourth of July, but the Declaration of Independence is actually secondary in importance when compared to the Constitution,” said Leah Murray, assistant professor of political science. “The Constitution is the document that actually governs us, so it makes sense to celebrate it.”     

Constitution week was officially enacted by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 to promote study and education about the Constitution.  Although Eisenhower enacted it, President George W. Bush in 2002 officially commenced the recognition and celebration of Constitution Week, as a way to “conduct ceremonies and programs that celebrate our Constitution and reaffirm our commitment as citizens of our great nation.”    

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