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Group promotes Constitution Week awareness

Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate U.S. history

 


The national celebration of Constitution Week begins on Thursday. The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances.

The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution began several years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

The DAR’s objective is to maintain the memory of the men and women who achieved American Independence; to cherish and extend the institutions of the American freedom; to foster true patriotism and love of country; and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty.

In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law No. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The goals for the celebration include:

• To emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for propriety.

• Inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.

• Encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in Sept. 1787.

The U.S. functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

“Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties,” said DAR President General Lynn Forney Young. “We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom and come together to celebrate America.”

The Fort Sidney DAR Chapter meets on the second Saturday of each month.

 

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