DAR highlights Constitution Week

To the editor:

There are two documents of paramount importance in American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins Sept. 17.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law 915.

The celebrations goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that lead to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize our citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.

The framers of the Constitution created a document that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built. Their vision was so forward thinking that the words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a through understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.

DAR is one of the largest women’s patriotic service organizations in the world. Dubois County DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism via commemorative events, educational initiatives, service to veterans and meaningful community service. For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org.

— Paula Book
Dubois County DAR Chapter Regent

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