Letter to the Editor
Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of Sept. 17-23.
The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms, and inalienable rights.
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. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:
• Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
• Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
• Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us.
The following is the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The Constitution was written at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention from May 25 through Sept. 17, 1787. It was signed Sept. 17, 1787.
Following the Convention, the new constitution was sent out to the States for their approval. It was ratified by the required nine states in 1788 after adding the Bill of Rights to protect the rights of individual citizens.
The Daughters of the American Revolution is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education.
Any woman 18 years or older, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible. In the 50 states and District of Columbia, there are 3,000 chapters. The local chapter is the Helen Hinman Dwelle Chapter (Northwood). If you are eligible and interested in joining the local chapter, please contact Registrar Kay Day, 641-355-3735 or firstname.lastname@example.org (the space between kay and day is an underline).
Help will be provided with the necessary research and the completion of the application. Please give us a call or send an email at email@example.com.
Helen Hinman Dwelle Chapter DAR