Constitution Week, a celebration originated by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), continues through Monday throughout the U.S.
The Constitution is America’s most important document because it stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. It is truly the one document that guides us in our daily lives and protects our many freedoms.
This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 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 on August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. is a performing arts center that opened in 1929 as a tribute to the U.S. Constitution.
The DAR’s aim of Constitution Week emphasizes citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; informs people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourages the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
Local DAR Chapters – Mary Bryan Chapter of Greenwood, Samuel Bryan Chapter of Beech Grove and New Bethel Chapter of Franklin Township – actively utilize genealogy and historical research to educate residents to preserve the unique history of their hometowns.
Their common bond is their lineal descent from patriots of the American Revolution – any woman, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove this lineage is eligible to join.
Membership information is at: dar.org. Each local chapter has a Facebook site. For more information, contact JoAn Nichols, honorary state regent at firstname.lastname@example.org.