The National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress in 1955 to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 annually to be dedicated to observe Constitution Week. National’s resolution was adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Aug. 2, 1956.
The Caroline Close Stuart Chapter, NSDAR is been making sure local libraries have a special display commemorating the United States Constitution during Constitution Week.
Under the direction of Mary Jo Anderson, Constitution Week Chairman, committee members from the Chapter will place Constitution Week displays throughout the community in libraries, churches, schools and banks. Bells across America will ring loud and clear on September 17 and throughout the week in classrooms everywhere to commemorate our Constitution.
The goal of the week is to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
“We must remember and teach, those who wrote the Constitution believed no government can create freedom, but government must guard freedom rather than encroach upon the freedoms of its people” stated Anderson. “The Constitution by itself cannot guarantee liberty.
Proclamations declaring the event and reaffirming the ideals of the Constitution will be on hand for the public to sign at area libraries as a part of the weeks activities. “Constitution Week is the perfect opportunity to read and study this great document which is the safeguard of our American liberties.”
For more information about the DAR in the Lake St. Louis area contact Chapter Regent, Helene Reece at 636-284-7535, . You may also find information about the local DAR chapter on the web at http://www.mssdar.org/ccstuart.