WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution promotes Constitution Week every September.
The group urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor this foundational document of national governance, a press release said.
In Jackson, the Alexander Stirling DAR chapter presented a DAR Constitution Week Proclamation for Jackson Mayor Jimmy Norsworthy to sign.
“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren. “While Independence Day is a well-recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life.”
The 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 No. 915.
The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution, the release said.