From Sept. 17-23, North Platte will celebrate Constitution Week, remembering when the guiding principles and practices of the U.S. were ironed out and written down, 231 years ago.

The Constitution was adopted by the American Congress on Sept. 17, 1787.

The Constitution is a living document that assures each citizen of the freedoms Americans cherish and appreciate, including the individual rights to assemble, to speak, to petition the government for redress of grievances and to publish news and information.

In 1955, the National Society of the Daughter of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to officially recognize Constitution Week. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and George W. Bush both agreed. Today, the week is a required observance in schools in Nebraska, one of several national events.

The DAR continues to encourage the study of and appreciation for the Constitution.

North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston has officially proclaimed the week-long observance in North Platte. Schools and the city’s public library will have special displays throughout the week and provide free copies of the Constitution while supplies last.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, members of the DAR, Sioux Lookout Chapter, will gather at the Sioux Lookout monument at the Lincoln County Courthouse. They will ring bells of liberty at 3 p.m., in coordination with other groups across the country.

Prior to that, bookmarkers will be handed out with small bells attached, so people can join in ringing the bells. Signs are also being placed in restaurant windows as well the windows at Westfield shopping plaza and downtown stores, organizer Michelle Lupomech said.