September 14, 2013

Local events planned for Constitution Week

Submitted by the Daughters of the American Revolution

— Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23. This year is the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution, the most influential legal document in existence.

The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the hard work of Americans throughout history to keep their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.

It took our brave Founding Fathers 100 days to write the Constitution.

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. This year marks the 58th anniversary of that petition. The resolution was adopted by the Congress and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

The DAR has erected a building in tribute to the Constitution of the United States. DAR Constitution Hall, which is a performing arts center, opened in 1929.

The following local events are planned in celebration of Constitution Week:

• Dalton Mayor David Pennington will sign a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

• Chatsworth Mayor Dan Penland will sign a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week

• On Sept. 17, church bells will ring at noon and community groups will ring bells. This is called “Bells Across America.”

• During the week, DAR members will visit elementary and middle schools in the area to present programs about the Constitution. Some of the members go in period dress. DAR provides proclamations for the school principals to sign.

• There will be articles and pictures about Constitution Week in The Daily Citizen.

• Constitution Week information will be on the radio and television.

• Constitution Week posters will be placed around town.