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University community gathers to salute Constitution

The U.S. Constitution was signed 230 years ago in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

On Monday, the Truman State University community gathered at the university Quad to honor the United States Constitution, commemorating Constitution Day.

The U.S. Constitution was signed 230 years ago in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787.

Those in attendance focused on facilitating a discussion of the document within their community and beyond.

"As a liberal arts and science institution, we talk about differing perspectives and differing approaches," said Truman State University President Sue Thomas.

Since the governing documents inception, there have been 27 amendments, and an ongoing debate as to what they mean in an ever changing nation.

"When perspectives are left in the dark, you don't have the ability to understand them. You don't have the ability to question them effectively. I think we get back by talking to one another again as opposed to at one another," Thomas said.

Guest speaker Missouri State Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says it's great that people are reflecting on this day.

"We in government have to defend. Defend and depend upon it," Munzlinger said.

The university has held this event for over a decade.

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