THE FOUNDATION OF AMERICA CONSTITUTION WEEK BEGINS SEPT 17TH

Submitted by: Mary Leonard, NJDAR Constitution Week Chairwoman

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 is still in use today. While Independence Day is a 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. This year the annual celebration begins September 17th.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the US Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. 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 great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize US citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.
DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. 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 organization in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries. Membership is open to any woman 18 years or older who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educations initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more. For additional information about DAR and it programs and membership, visit www.dar.org.

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