The Alexander Stirling chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution — a women’s service organization dedicated to promoting historic preservation, education, patriotism and honoring the patriots of the Revolutionary War — celebrated Constitution Week at its Sept. 21 meeting.

The group, which includes members from East and West Feliciana parishes, met at the West Feliciana Parish Library in St. Francisville and welcomed guest speaker Judge Betsy Jones, of the 20th Judicial District, who spoke to members about the significance of the U.S. Constitution.

Celebrated annually Sept. 17-23, Constitution Week aims to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America's heritage and the foundation for our way of life, according to

The weeklong celebration was started by DAR in 1955, when the organization petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 as the official observance. The resolution was later adopted by Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956.