The Del Norte Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) presents Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23. The week is designed to encourage all citizens to take time to read the Constitution and learn more of the foundation of the country’s history, according to DAR’s publicity officer Liz Freeman.
Freeman said the Crescent City Council and the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors have issued proclamations urging all residents to join in on the observance of Constitution Week.
“Del Norte Chapter DAR has posted Constitution Week banners and flyers in high visibility areas throughout the county,” Freeman said. “The schools are recommended to read the U.S. Constitution; the Bill of Rights; the Preamble to the Constitution and other patriotic materials during Constitution Week.”
Freeman explained that Sept. 17, 1787, was the date the United States Constitution was signed, is now annually commemorated as Constitution Day, kicking off Constitution Week with the promotion of U.S. Constitution awareness in communities and especially in schools.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially enacted Constitution Week in 1956. Presidents George W. Bush and Donald Trump officially reaffirmed Constitution Week in September 2002 and Sept. 17, 2017, respectively.
“The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was instrumental in actively pursuing the Constitution Week through a resolution presented to the Congress in 1956,” Freeman explained. “The DAR purposes the Constitution Week as a time for study and education of the Constitution; reminding the citizenry that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and to continue to study the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution.”
For more information about Constitution Week activities or Del Norte Chapter DAR, contact Constitution Week Chairman Marlene Young at 464-4638 or Del Norte Chapter Regent Cori Higgins at 954-7103.