Constitution Day Celebration Tuesday

A Constitution Day celebration will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the former Wesley Chapel church building featuring talks, music and refreshments.

The event, which will run from 7 to 8 p.m., is being sponsored by the George Washington Center for Constitutional Studies (GWCCS), along with the Virginia Frontier and Natural Bridge chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Speaking will be author Tony Williams and J. David Gowdy with the GWCCS.

Williams will speak on the statesmanship of James Madison and the art of compromise. He is currently employed as a Senior Fellow at the Bill of Rights Institute in Washington, D.C., and is the program director of the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute. He has written six books on colonial and Revolutionary America, including “Hamilton: An American Biography” in 2018, and “The Jamestown Experiment” in 2011.

Gowdy will speak on the relationship between the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. He is the president and executive director of the George Washington Center for Constitutional Studies, which is a nonpartisan academic institute located in Buena Vista.

He is also the founder of the Washington, Jefferson & Madison Institute, which has been providing continuing education courses to Virginia U.S. government and history teachers since 2007.

The event Tuesday will also feature the Southern Virginia University choir and a Virginia Military Institute bagpiper and bugler.

The Daughters of the American Revolution are asking local government leaders to issue annual proclamations honoring Constitution Day and are asking all churches, schools and universities to ring their bells at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wesley Chapel, a United Methodist church that was closed several years ago, is located at 39 Charming Lane.

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