Monday began the national celebration of Constitution Week. The U.S. 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 was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to dedicate a week for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage; and to encourage study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
The tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was initiated by the Daughters of the American Revolution, and it was signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956. Proclaiming Constitution Week locally are Mayor Duke Talbott of Elkins, Mayor David Harper of Beverly and Mayor Bill Brock of Mill Creek. DAR members of the John Hart Chapter witnessing the signing are Barbara McCreary, regent; Mary Anger, vice regent; Barbara Tedford, treasurer; and CeCe Wallace, Constitution Week chairperson.
"We must remember and teach that those who wrote the Constitution believed that no government can create freedom, but that government must guard freedom rather than encroach upon the freedoms of its people," said Merry Ann T. Wright, president general of the DAR. "The Constitution by itself cannot guarantee rights of each arm of government and require that each is accountable for its own function. Therefore, Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties. We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to guard that which is committed to us by our Forefathers ... our freedom."
Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, DAR has more than 165,000 members, with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children and programs for new immigrants. More information is available at www.dar.org or 202-628-1776.