DAR advocates for commemoration of Constitution Week

Published 11:29 am Thursday, September 15, 2016

This year marks the 61st anniversary of Constitution Week, an idea that originated with the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and was promoted by this organization. Following the passage of a resolution by both Houses of Congress, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his proclamation for the observance of Constitution Week in 1955. The first observance of Constitution Week was so successful that on Jan. 5, 1956, U.S. Rep. William F. Knowland, of California, introduced a Senate Joint Resolution to have the president designate Sept. 17-23 annually as Constitution Week. The resolution was adopted on July 23, 1956, and signed into Public Law 915 on Aug. 2, 1956. Among its worthy purposes, the Daughters of the American Revolution promotes patriotism and love of country. The William Taylor Chapter NSDAR encourages all citizens to familiarize themselves with our nation’s Constitution which defines the government of the United States of America and is the supreme law of the land. Pictured are William Taylor Chapter Regent Merny Erby, of Victoria, left, and Chapter Vice-Regent Linda Bagley, of Kenbridge, right, looking on as David Wingold, chairman of the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors, signs a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.