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 American 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, the 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 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The DAR has also erected a structure that is built in tribute to the Constitution of the United States.

The aims of Constitution Week celebrations 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.

We encourage you to contact churches, schools, fire houses, veterans homes, city governments and individuals and request them to ring bells on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

The ringing of the bells at 4 p.m. EST in all times zones to announce Constitution Week so that they are heard simultaneously from coast to coast.

This announcement was provided by the Sioux Lookout DAR Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.