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September 15, 2013

DAR promotes Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week awareness

Tuesday begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The week-long commemoration is one of America’s least-known official observances. The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, the Daughters 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 No. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.  

This year marks the 226th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. The Fort Harrison Chapter of the DAR celebrates Constitution Week by creating exhibits for the Vigo County Public Library, the Vigo County Historical Museum and the Vigo County School Corp. In addition, Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett and West Terre Haute Town Board President Scott McClain are set to sign Constitution Week proclamations.

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