The members of the Captain Nathaniel Mills Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have hit the speaking circuit in the greater Fort Worth area to promote Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23.
Members have spoken to local church groups and they received a proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Euless, Mary Lib Saleh, to celebrate the signing of the United States Constitution Sept. 17, 1787.
Congress originally designated Sept. 17 as “Citizenship Day” in 1952. In 1955, 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 August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Constitution Week is designed 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.
Constitution Week is part of the DAR’s objectives of historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
Constitution Day is still observed Sept. 17 today. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia will have a day of special activities on Constitution Day. One event is the flag raising ceremony, which will be attended by members of the DAR. Constitution Day Celebration 2013 is free of charge.
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
Eligibility for membership is open to any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.
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