DAR promotes Constitution Week

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DAR members witnessing Judge Linda Grant's proclamation signing are (from left) Carol Anne Biggar, DAR member; Kathleen McKee, DAR recording secretary; Dianne Pullin, DAR treasurer; Judge Linda Grant (seated); Patti Gauntt, DAR member; Nancy McSwane, DAR chapter regent; and Billie Bournias, DAR registrar.
Photo by April Walker

There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the U.S Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today.

Freestone County Judge Linda Grant recently signed a proclamation promoting Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. The annual celebration began Monday, Sept. 17, across the United States.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law No. 915.

The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; the inform the people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend, and preserve the Constitution.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion, and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the


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