Constitution Week 2019 - County Commission

Submitted / The Herald

Pictured, front row, members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and, back row, Elmore County Commission members signed a proclamation recognizing September 17-23 as Constitution Week 2019 in Elmore County.

The Elmore County Commission recently signed a proclamation recognizing Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week 2019 in Elmore County.   

This year marked the 232nd year since the U.S. Constitution was signed.   

Several Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) from Elmore County attended the signing and accepted a copy of the proclamation for each chapter represented.  

Attending the meeting were: Amanda Gunn from Francis Marion Chapter; Dorothy Johnson from Peter Forney Chapter; and Bonnie Shanks, Kathleen Gillian and Elizabeth Speer Gillian from Captain William Bibb Chapter.

The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated this 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 Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Federal law No. 915. 

Goals of commemorating Constitution Week are threefold. First, it is intended to encourage the study of historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. 

Second, it is meant to inform people the Constitution is the basis of America’s foundation, heritage and way of life. 

Third, it exists to emphasize citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution. 

The annual observance provides many opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach which are two areas of importance to DAR’s work. 

By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured the nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution is an organization of women who trace their lineage back to the American Revolution.  

Members have ancestors who were patriots during the Revolutionary War. The organization’s motto is, “God, Home and Country.” 

There are chapters located throughout America and abroad.  

For more information, contact ASDAR Southeastern director Elizabeth Speer Gillian at egilliandar@aol.com.