ICC observes Constitution Day

Walter Dalton participates in discussion hosted by SGA.
Sep. 18, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

"The document speaks today as loudly as it spoke in 1789," Walter Dalton said. "It has served well over 200 years now and has made this the best nation in the world."

Dalton, president of Isothermal Community College, spoke to faculty, staff and students during a special Constitution Day event at the college on Tuesday. The roundtable discussion with Dalton was held in the library auditorium and was sponsored by the Student Government Association (SGA) in observance of the 226th anniversary of its signing.

"We felt like people needed to get a better understanding of the Constitution. Since it happened so long ago, people don't understand the impact it has and that needs to be brought to light," Trina Brown, SGA secretary said. "It's very important and it effects us everyday."

According to the Constitution Day website, the holiday commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.

Dalton talked to the audience about why he believes the Constitution is a great document and answered questions. He also gave some history about the events that led up to the creation of the document.

"The Constitution helped build the most prosperous nation in the history of time. It's a wonderful document and was really experimental during that time," Dalton said. "The beauty of the document is they provided a way to amend it. There have been proposals to amend it over 10,000 times and there have only been 27 amendments passed, with 10 of those being the Bill of Rights."

Leading up to the Tuesday's event, the PBS series on the Constitution was set up for viewing in the student center. The Rutherford County Board of Elections was also on campus on Monday and students were invited to register to vote.

"We do this event every year because the Constitution is relevant to what we do in so many areas of the college. It's an important document for every facet of life in the United States and this is a great way for us to talk about it," said Mike Gavin, director of marketing and community relations for ICC. "It's relevant to classes in government, economics and business law. It's interwoven in the fabric of American life, so it's good that we have the opportunity to help share information about it."

Dalton ended the program by congratulating those in attendance on being a part of ICC and for living in a country that has such freedom.

"We are spoiled in this nation. People are able to speak their mind and vent their anger when they go to that ballot. Then at the end of the day, we peaceably transfer that power to whoever is in charge," Dalton said. "I'm glad to have a day where people can gather and discuss those beliefs."

For more information about Constitution Day visit www.constitutionday.com.