The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution encourages Americans to reflect on the U.S. Constitution during this month’s annual observance of the foundational document of national governance.
The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when the service organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17–23 of each year as commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law, according to a press release.
The celebration’s goals encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s “heritage and the foundation for its way of life”; and to “emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution,” the release said.
“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said DAR President General Denise Doring VanBuren in the release.
“While Independence Day is a well-recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life.”
DAR is noted as the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. The annual observance provides opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach.
By fostering knowledge and appreciation for the Constitution and the “inalienable rights it affords to all Americans,” the release said, adding DAR helps keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured the nation’s foundational liberties.
“In communities across America, Daughters will erect hundreds of community displays, sponsor municipal proclamations, ring bells and stage programs to raise awareness of the Constitution’s tenets and importance. We invite everyone to join us in celebrating this powerful document, which has enabled our democracy within a republic for more than two centuries. We hope that all Americans will learn more about the Constitution and its immense impact on our nation,” VanBuren said.
Among the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world, DAR has more than 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters countrywide and several foreign countries. Members promote historic preservation, education and patriotism via commemorative events, scholarships and educational initiatives, citizenship programs, service to veterans, meaningful community service and more.