BSC Constitution Day activities honor Floyd Boutrous

Bismarck-Mandan has a long history of celebrating Constitution Day, and on Monday, Sept. 17, Bismarck State College will honor the man who, for many years, championed the local observance.

At noon, a tree will be planted near the flags outside Schafer Hall in tribute to the late Floyd Boutrous, a businessman known to area residents as Mr. Constitution.

A plaque with his name will be placed next to the tree to honor his commitment to the Bismarck community and the country. BSC President Larry C. Skogen will speak during the brief tree planting ceremony.

The tree is a Valley Forge Elm, donated by the Carol Cashman family. Cashman is associate professor of speech and member of BSC’s Constitution Day Committee.

In a letter to one of Floyd’s sons, Mike Boutrous, the committee stated: “Floyd Boutrous was an outstanding example of someone who realized the importance of our Constitution and did everything he could to promote the reading and understanding of this vital and living American document. He was a champion for the rights and responsibilities of all American citizens.”

He is remembered by many as a patriot and for saying American citizenship is the greatest honor one can have.

Monday morning, BSC students will vote using text messaging on three Constitution-related issues: Electoral College versus popular vote, campaign spending limits, and whether other states should follow North Dakota’s example as the only state that does not require voter registration.

Additionally, the campus will enjoy free “patriot” ice cream from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union.

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in 1787.

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