BYU-Idaho held it’s annual Constitution Day celebration program in the Amphitheater Quad Sept. 17.
“September 17 marks 228 years since the signing of the Constitution took place in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” said Sam Smith, director of the involvement branch of Student Support and a freshman studying business management. “Today, we remember those who sacrificed their lives so that we would have the opportunity to be free and to worship as we choose.”
Five hundred U.S. flags were placed around the Amphitheater Quad, as well as all of the state flags along the sidewalk leading to the quad.
“Each flag represents 50 American lives of both soldiers and civilians who gave their lives in the fight for independence,” Smith said. “The men and women who these flags represent played a huge part in our ability to study here on this campus, and we are going to honor them today.”
The program included a presentation of colors by cadets in the BYU-Idaho ROTC program as well as a veteran from the Rexburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, which was followed by a moment of silence given to honor those who have given their lives for the United States, as well as a performance of the first and third verses of the National Anthem by Hannah Mansell, a student at BYU-I.
Logan Jones, a student at BYU-I, gave the prayer for the nation.
“Father, we ask a blessing, as some of thy children, upon this land, upon the leaders of it, and upon the citizens of the country, so we can work together in unity, strive to understand each other, and to continue the cause of this great country,” Jones said. “We know, Father, that this country is an example for others in so many ways. We ask that thou wouldst inspire our leaders to continue to lead us in a way that will continue to be an inspiration to others.”
Jones expressed gratitude for the freedom the United States has.
“We recognize that as a blessing, as others don’t have it,” Jones said. “We ask that thou wouldst help us to remember the freedom and the sacrifices that were made for that freedom.”
Natalie Dalling, a junior studying accounting, performed a song to commemorate the Constitution.
Smith said he was attracted to running the Constitution Day program because of his love for the country.
“Right now there are so many things that are happening that can project a negative view,” Smith said. “So many Americans have such a pessimistic view of this country, but it is still such a beautiful, wonderful thing that was inspired and was created by God and we need to be more supportive of it.”
Aunali Davis, a freshman majoring in interdisciplinary studies, said she saw a sign for the presentation and decided to go.
“I thought it was really interesting,” Davis said. “I’ve always had a love for my country.”
Stephen Anderson, a freshman studying mechanical engineering, said he saw the presentation in progress and decided to watch.
“I came here because it’s always nice to review the Constitution and the Bill of Rights,” Anderson said. “Most people don’t remember that.”