Each year in September the Constitution Commemoration Foundation sponsors the Cache Valley (Utah) Commemoration of the signing of the United States Constitution. This year marks the 12th annual Cache Valley celebration of that event. It is an event which has been warmly embraced by the entire community, and draws people from the rest of the state, and the surrounding region. All events are designed for family participation and are free to the public.
The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. Consequently, this week-long celebration occurs each year during the week in which September 17 falls.
This year, on Sunday, September 14, at 7:00 p.m., as part of the “Prelude to Freedom” event which begins the commemoration, Vaughan J. Featherstone, President of the Logan Utah Temple, will deliver a constitutionally-focused address at the Logan Tabernacle on Main Street in Logan, Utah. In addition to the remarks of President Featherstone, the “Prelude to Freedom” program will include a flag ceremony by the Utah State University ROTC, patriotic music performed by the Logan LDS Institute Choir, and a youth speaker who will present a message based upon the words of the founding fathers.
Other events included in the commemoration:
- A speech contest for middle school and high school aged students in which they research, write, and deliver a speech on an assigned topic selected to teach the founding principles of the Nation. The senior high school age winner of the contest delivers his or her speech during the “Prelude to Freedom” event.
- Wednesday, September 17 a valley fly-over of F-16 fighter jets which is held concurrently with valley-wide “bell ringing” and fireworks.
- Friday and Saturday September 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. the pageant, “A Day to Remember,” (an original work which depicts key events in the founding of the Nation, from Columbus through the signing of the Constitution) is presented free to the public in two evening performances in the Kent Concert Hall on the USU campus. The pageant begins with the discovery of America by Columbus, and focuses upon such events as the arrival of the Pilgrims, the French and Indian War, the ride of Paul Revere and the shot which was heard around the world, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the trials of the Revolutionary War, the struggle to keep the Nation together after the Revolutionary War was won, the debates of the Constitutional Convention of1787, and the signing of the Constitution on 17 September 1787. Those associated with the founding of the Nation “return” and present their principles. The cast of 120 includes approximately 30 children from ages 5 through 15. The choir of 350 is comprised of college-aged students.
- Elementary School patriotic assemblies. In Utah, 5th grade students study American history. As a part of the events associated with the commemoration undertaken by the foundation, assemblies and classroom presentations are taken to the elementary schools throughout the community to introduce the subject of the founding of the Nation to these children. Hundreds of elementary students are able to participate in these programs at no charge.
- Flag ceremony. The Utah State University Air Force ROTC detachment, which is comprised of students attending Utah State University, presents a flag ceremony on the USU campus for the students of the University and the community. It is free to the public.
Please contact Scott N. Bradley for additional information (435-753-8844)