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President Droge Proclaims Democracy Day
More than 200 years ago on September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting in which they signed the Constitution of the United States of America. This momentous assembly set forth the foundation and future of our great nation.
In honor of this historical occasion, the U.S. Congress passed a bill requiring federally funded schools and colleges to hold an educational program each year to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. This holiday, CONSTITUTION DAY, is a day we as citizens should pay tribute to the greatest expression of statesmanship and compromise ever written - the Constitution of the United States of America. It is more than four hand-written pages - it is a guide for the greatest form of government the world has ever known.
To celebrate and support this federal holiday, I am declaring Tuesday, November 3, "Democracy Day" using the U.S. Constitution as the theme.
Park University is sponsoring an essay contest for all current Park University undergraduate students.
The selected topic allows participants to consider ways the Constitution is important to Americans, as well as to the world, as democracy is fast becoming the most commonly embraced form of government.
The winner's essay will be posted on the Park University web site.
Essays will be judged by distinguished panels of scholars and public officials.
Educating citizens of the United States is the key to a vibrant democracy. Park University supports our students and communities in understanding their freedoms and to realize their Founding Fathers' vision for a prosperous future.