DAR Promotes Constitution Week: September 17-23

Bells Across America Program Sunday, Sept. 17 in front of Johnston County Courthouse

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor this foundational document of national governance.

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when the service 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, 1956, President Dwight D Eisenhower signed it into Public Law 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; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great 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.

“We are so proud DAR led the way in making Constitution Week an official commemoration and our members enthusiastically promote the celebration annually in communities across the country by erecting community displays, sponsoring municipal proclamations, ringing bells and staging programs to raise awareness of the Constitution’s tenets and importance,” said DAR President General Pamela Rouse Wright. “We encourage all citizens to join us in celebrating this powerful document that is so important to American history and to reflect on the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.

According to Donna Hosea-Liles, the Smith-Bryan Chapter, NCSDAR invites the Public to “Bells Across America Program” on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 3:40pm, in front of the Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield, for the Ringing of the Bells 236th Anniversary of the Signing of the Constitution. Please bring your Bell – homemade or store bought – to join in Ringing of the Bells for one minute at 4:00pm.

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