We, the People, celebrate our Constitution today

To the editor:

As a nation, WE THE PEOPLE are celebrating the 231st anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution today. It is a cornerstone of all we hold dear in our daily lives.

The Constitution is the supreme law of America, establishing America’s national government and fundamental law and guaranteeing certain basic rights for all citizens. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom and to ensure those inalienable rights for every American.

Constitution Week is celebrated during Sept. 17-23 each year. This weeklong commemoration of America’s most important document is one of the country’s least known official observances. The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started 63 years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the daughters 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 United States Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The purpose of celebrating is:

Emphasizing citizens’ responsibilities for protecting, preserving and defending the Constitution for posterity.

Informing the people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life as we know it.

And enforcing the study of historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution, which took 87 days and over 700 hours between May and September of 1787.

I invite each of you to celebrate today. It is the day when the last of 39 of 55 men put their signatures upon this important document, on Monday, Sept. 17, 1787.

—Paula Book
Dubois County Chapter, DAR Regent

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