DAR celebrates the foundation of America: The Constitution

Published 9:16 am Wednesday, September 20, 2017

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the U.S. 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 document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. The annual celebration (began) Sept. 17,” officials said in a press release.

“Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 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.”

According to the release, the celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

The William Taylor Chapter of the DAR promotes the celebration of Constitution Week annually, according to a release.

“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 nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.”

One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. The William Taylor Chapter has resident members primarily in Brunswick, Lunenburg, and Mecklenburg with chapter members also in a number of other counties and states.