UD Celebrates Constitution Day with Barbecue, Patriotic Songs

Constitution Day 2013Faculty, staff, alumni and students will celebrate the 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution's ratification with barbecue, an address and the singing of patriotic songs on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Upstairs Haggar Dining Room.

UD's first Constitution Day was organized 38 years ago – well in advance of the U.S. Congress's 2004 law requiring publicly-funded schools to celebrate the day – after a student remarked on the lack of opportunities for Americans to sing patriotic hymns to Professor of Politics Leo Paul de Alvarez.

Richard Dougherty, professor and chair of politics, will give the Constitution Day address on "Who Owns the Constitution?" The address will focus on contemporary politics in light of founding principles.

After dinner, those in attendance, which is expected to be approximately 150, will join together to sing patriotic hymns from as far back as the Revolutionary War.

"This is really the highlight of the event," said Dougherty.

Faculty and staff who would like to attend are invited to RSVP online or by contacting Moryam Van Opstal, Politics Department administrative assistant, at ext. 5023 before Wednesday, Sept. 11. The dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children (3-10 years old). Children under two years old eat free.

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