Constitution Day

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Al Feers, left, commander of the Veterans of Foreign War Post 10386 Color Guard, plays the bugle as Brian Kash raises the American flag in honor of Constitution Day. The flag was immediately lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the 12 workers killed Monday during a mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

The ceremony, which took place Tuesday morning at Mohave Community College, featured retired U.S. Airforce Lt. Col. Ann Seney of American Legion Post 14, who said the U.S. Constitution was signed Sept. 17, 1787, by 39 men who were shaping the future of their fledgling country.

Seney said there have been 10,000 proposed amendments to the document over the years, but only 27 of those have been ratified. Proposed but failed amendments have included abolishing the U.S. Senate, making mixed marriages and divorce illegal, limiting personal wealth to $1 million and forbidding drunkenness.

The last two amendments ratified were setting pay for the U.S. Congress in 1992 and establishing the voting age at 18 years in 1971.

The flag-raising was sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

The law creating Constitution Day was passed in 2004.