Group shines light on U.S. most important document.
Constitution Week was observed all over the country this week, Sept. 17-23. The Battle of Sugartown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Franklin have been out in full force promoting and celebrating America’s most important document.
Judith Hughes, Regent, made a request of Mayor Joe Collins and the Franklin Town Board of Aldermen for a proclamation declaring Constitution Week in Franklin. The request was passed unanimously and Mayor Collins signed the proclamation. Other members of the local DAR visited classrooms in Macon County Schools in advance of Constitution Week to educate elementaryage children on the constitution and its role in history. Luci Swanson dressed as Betsey Ross and Shelah Portoukalian was also in period dress.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution began many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 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 #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to (1) emphasize citizens’ responsibitities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; (2) inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and (3) encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
The United States of America functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.
DAR has served America for 122 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Known as the largest women's patriotic organization in the world, DAR has more than 165,000 members with approximately 3,000 chapters in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants. For more information about DAR and its programs visit www.dar.org or call (202) 628-1776.