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LSUA to Observe Constitution Day Sept. 17

Released: 09/12/2008

LSU at Alexandria will observe Constitution Day with a re-enactment of its signing, information booths on each of the constitutional amendments, a mock presidential election and an address from Maj. Jamar L. Gailes of the Louisiana Army National Guard at noon. The public is invited to the event from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 17) in the campus quad area.

A voter registration booth will be available, and the Daughters of the American Revolution will discuss women’s suffrage. The ceremony also will feature Uncle Sam on stilts, patriotic music, posting of the colors by the Peabody Magnet School Junior ROTC, military helicopter and humvee displays, and an “All-American” picnic lunch for $1.

George Washington, James Madison and Benjamin Franklin, portrayed in costume by members of the Student Action Leadership Team from the Pentecostals of Alexandria, will sign the Declaration of Independence.

Gailes, a graduate of Peabody Magnet School, earned several medals and commendations for his service in Desert Story and later was the youngest officer to graduate from Louisiana Military Academy. He is superintendent for the maneuver equipment training site at Ft. Polk and serves as commander of the training sites at Camp Beauregard, Camp Minden and Camp Villere. Gailes also is president of The Gailes Group, a consulting firm that specializes in team-building, sensitivity and diversity training, and he volunteers as a mentor with the Youth Challenge Program.