Constitution Sailors Participate in Constitution Day at SUNY Maritime Academy

Story Number: NNS180918-05Release Date: 9/18/2018 1:20:00 PM
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BRONX, N.Y. (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to USS Constitution participated in Constitution Day at SUNY Maritime Academy on Sept. 17.

During the presentation, Constitution Sailors talked about the history of ‘Old Ironsides’ as well as the ship’s connection to the framing document of the U.S.

“Presenting at SUNY Maritime was great, because it allowed me to talk about USS Constitution at home,” said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Anthony Brugal, from Bronx, N.Y., assigned to USS Constitution. “Talking with Midshipmen, asking them about their experiences, and teaching them about the history of our Navy is what being at Constitution is all about.”

This was the third Annual Constitution Day held at SUNY Maritime Academy. Additional presenters spoke about constitutional law, the founding fathers, and the origins of the supreme court.

“This year we decided, because this is a maritime college, in addition to talking about the first amendment and supreme court cases, we should invite USS Constitution to speak,” said Mark Meirowitz, an associate professor of humanities at SUNY Maritime and the head of the Constitution Day celebration. “The presentation given by Constitution Sailors was informative and interactive. The Constitution and maritime history are huge interests of our students so the addition of USS Constitution to Constitution Day has been a huge success.”

Constitution, America’s Ship of State, actively defended sea lanes against global threats from 1797-1855.  The World’s Oldest Commissioned Warship Afloat, Constitution embodies 220 years of maritime heritage and unwavering service to her country. Now a featured destination on Boston’s Freedom Trail, Constitution and her crew of active duty U.S. Navy Sailors offer community outreach and education about the ship's history and the importance of naval sea power to more than 500,000 visitors each year. Constitution is berthed at Pier One in Charlestown Navy Yard.


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