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This is Constitution Week

On this day, 221 years ago, the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
In recognition of that event, Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 has been designated nationwide as “Constitution Week.”
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started in 1955 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.
The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to a press release from the National Society of the DAR.
According to the press release, the aims of Constitution Week are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and preserving it for posterity, to inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation of our new way of life, and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
“Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties, “ said DAR president general Presley Merritt Wagoner in the press release. “We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom.”
Locally, the Count Pulaski Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is working to promote Constitution Week through the signing of a proclamation for Constitution Week by Jeff Worrell, Town of Pulaski mayor, Benny Skeens, Town of Dublin mayor, and Joe Sheffey, chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors.
In addition, the chapter has arranged for displays about the Constitution to be placed in the Pulaski Public Library, the Free Memorial Library in Dublin, both the Pulaski and Dublin Middle School libraries and the Pulaski County High School library.
Today from 4 to 4:15 p.m., bells from coast to coast have been arranged to ring “The Bells of Freedom— The Sound of Patriotism.” Churches in Pulaski County that will be ringing bells today in honor of Constitution Week include Pulaski Christian Church, Dublin Presbyterian Church, Dublin United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and Fairlawn Baptist Church.
In 1928, the NSDAR began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. Today, DAR Constitution Hall, which was designed as a performing arts center by John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution in the U.S.
Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has more than 168,000 members, with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants.
For more information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776.
You may contact Jena Hardy at jena@southwesttimes.com

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This is Constitution Week

On this day, 221 years ago, the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
In recognition of that event, Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 has been designated nationwide as “Constitution Week.”
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started in 1955 by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 through Sept. 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.
The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to a press release from the National Society of the DAR.
According to the press release, the aims of Constitution Week are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and preserving it for posterity, to inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation of our new way of life, and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
“Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties, “ said DAR president general Presley Merritt Wagoner in the press release. “We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to reflect on our heritage of freedom.”
Locally, the Count Pulaski Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is working to promote Constitution Week through the signing of a proclamation for Constitution Week by Jeff Worrell, Town of Pulaski mayor, Benny Skeens, Town of Dublin mayor, and Joe Sheffey, chairman of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors.
In addition, the chapter has arranged for displays about the Constitution to be placed in the Pulaski Public Library, the Free Memorial Library in Dublin, both the Pulaski and Dublin Middle School libraries and the Pulaski County High School library.
Today from 4 to 4:15 p.m., bells from coast to coast have been arranged to ring “The Bells of Freedom— The Sound of Patriotism.” Churches in Pulaski County that will be ringing bells today in honor of Constitution Week include Pulaski Christian Church, Dublin Presbyterian Church, Dublin United Methodist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and Fairlawn Baptist Church.
In 1928, the NSDAR began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. Today, DAR Constitution Hall, which was designed as a performing arts center by John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution in the U.S.
Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has more than 168,000 members, with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants.
For more information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776.
You may contact Jena Hardy at jena@southwesttimes.com

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