Two documents of paramount importance to American history — the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution — forged our national identity and set forth the framework for the federal government that is in use today.
While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects our freedoms.
This year, the annual celebration begins Monday, Sept. 17.
The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the Constitution Week observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 each year to the commemoration.
Congress adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law.
The celebration’s goals are threefold:
- To encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
- To inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life.
- To emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.
“The World Trade Center twin tower was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. Terrorists are still threatening American’s freedoms,” said DAR regent Molly O’Holleran of North Platte. “Now more than ever, Americans recognize the value of freedom and our responsibility to maintain it. Learning about the Constitution and the history that helped to shape it can empower people to make better decisions as citizens.”
“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” DAR President General Ann Dillon said. “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today.”
Dillon said no American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.
The DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week.
By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy.
About the DAR
One of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and even in numerous foreign countries.
DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service, and more.
For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org.