Students attending the Constitution Day ceremony pose for a photo with Mayor Bill Euille. Pictured are: Cierra Brown, Natalia Pena, Thomas Watson, Bryan Membreno, Aaliyah Gaskins, My-Linh Aslanian, Amy Oliva, Kevin Rosales, Sophie Moniz, Janelle Krupicka, Alfonso Guzman, Aliyah Brown, Rebecca Walsh, Carlos Vasquez and Angelica Santiago of the Mount Vernon Elementary School; Anthony Cruz, Alexa Carmenates, Shamiah Scott, Michael Katsock, Daejah Moody, Max Callanan, Aklasia Assefa, Megan Perez, Darcy McIlwain and Orlando Clarkson of Samuel Tucker Elementary School. Representing Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy were Foster Belevetz, Lauren Beale, Will Edwards, Tobias Kargho, Emily Portelance, Max Schropp, Kwame Bolton, Allie LaBarbera, Elodie Camus, Malcolm Kerr, Fred Jenkins, Yeb Simie, Sumayah Mustafa and Lydia Greenwood. Standing in the back behind the students are City Attorney James Banks, ACPS Board Chair Sherly Gorsuch, Councilmembers Frank Fannon and Rob Krupicka.
Alexandria Mayor Euille presented an official proclamation to Linda Greenberg, a member of the John Alexander Chapter of the DAR commemorating Constitution Week, Sept. 17 – 23, in Council Chambers in City Hall.
Participating in the event were students from Mt. Vernon and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary Schools and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy and Fort Hunt Elementary School, as well as School Board Chair Sheryl Gorsuch, City Council members Frank Fannon, Rob Krupicka and City Attorney James Banks and members from the John Alexander, Kate Waller Barrett, Mt. Vernon, Pentagon, Henry Clay, Nelly Custis, and Thomas Nelson Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Virginia played a pivotal role in the writing of the Constitution. James Madison and George Mason shaped the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Virginia State Constitution, and Thomas Jefferson referred to these documents when he finalized the Constitution of the United States. All three focused on self-government by the people, on the inalienable rights of individuals, and the importance of law in protecting those rights.