The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in its honor, held September 17-23.
“There are two document 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. “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.”
The DAR initiated the observance of Constitution Week in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956m President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787, to 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.