ROCKINGHAM – The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the Constitution of the United States during this month’s annual celebration in honor of this foundational document of national governance.
Members of General Henry William Harrington’s local of the Daughters of the American Revolutionary (DAR) National Society will celebrate Constitution Week September 17-23.
“September 17, 2021 marked the 234th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution of the United States. Throughout the month, DAR chapters across the country have highlighted the event in different ways, ”said Amy Guinn, Regent. Guinn noted that Melissa Gibson Wall offered local DAR members an educational and information program on the Constitution earlier this month at the chapter’s monthly meeting.
“There are two documents of fundamental importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the Constitution of the United States, which sets the framework of the federal government that operates to this day.” , said the president of the DAR, General Denise. Doring VanBuren. “While Independence Day is a well-known and loved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that defends and protects the freedoms at the heart of our American way of life.”
Constitution Week has been observed since 1955, when the service organization asked the United States Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to commemorate Constitution Week. Congress passed the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law No. 915. According to Guinn, the purposes of the celebration are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the constitution of the Constitution in September 1787; remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of its way of life; and to underscore the responsibility of American citizens to protect, defend and preserve the United States Constitution.
DAR has been the main advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. By promoting knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution and the inalienable rights it grants to all Americans, DAR helps keep alive the memory of the men and women who have guaranteed our nation’s fundamental freedoms.
“In communities across America, Daughters will raise awareness of the principles and importance of the Constitution. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this powerful document, which has enabled our democracy in a republic for more than two centuries. We hope all Americans learn more about the Constitution and its immense impact on our nation, ”said VanBuren.
One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has over 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and several foreign countries. DAR members promote historic preservation, education and patriotism through commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, veterans services, meaningful community services and more. For more information on DAR and its relevant mission, visit www.dar.org.