Constitution Day celebrated at Troy University

Posted: Thursday, 16 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Members of Troy University’s Political Science Club are hoping Constitution Day will help bring into focus the importance of the document.

The club, with support from the Department of Political Science, plans to distribute pocket-sized copies of the Constitution in the Trojan Center Friday. An oversized copy will also be available for students and others to sign.

“Constitution Day provides a reminder to our students of the great experiment that led to the formation of the first modern democracy,” said Dr. Doug Davis, an assistant professor of political science who advises the club.

“The goal is to give our students a chance to become more familiar with this important document and remind them of what makes our government historically unique,” he said.

It’s the club’s second year to pass out copies of the Constitution. The day was set aside by Congress in 2004 as a result of an initiative begun by then-Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV), who died on June 28, 2010, and was concerned that American students lacked an understanding of the document.

Drafted in 1787 and adopted March 4, 1789, the U.S. Constitution is credited with being the world’s oldest functioning constitution.

“We are grateful to the many students who volunteered to make these activities possible,” Dr. Davis said.