The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) urges Americans to reflect on the United States Constitution during this month’s annual celebration. Constitution Week is September 17-23.
The DAR started the observance in 1955, when the service organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate this week every year. Congress passed the resolution on August 2, 1956, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it.
“A document was written by the Founding Fathers at great expense to them and their families; death and/or poverty. It became known as the Constitution of the United States; it is the light that has led its citizens through years of struggle as a nation, against all odds. It and its contents are readily available as a small booklet for its citizens,” said Paula Odell, Regent NSDAR Woodward Chapter.
She continued: “The very first words of the Constitution begin with ‘We the people.’ This document does not mention a ruling class, a king, nor a leader in charge of the country, making the laws. “We the People” means that American citizens from all walks of life are the ones who make/change laws through local, state and national representatives. The Constitution of the United States guides the American people for justice and peace among its people.
The purposes of the celebration are three-fold – to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the drafting of the Constitution in September 1787; remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of its way of life; and to emphasize the responsibility of American citizens to protect, defend and preserve the American Constitution.
“We are so proud that DAR has led the way in making Constitution Week an official commemoration and our members enthusiastically promote the celebration each year in communities across the country by erecting community displays, sponsoring municipal proclamations , ringing bells and organizing programs to raise awareness of the principles of the Constitution. and its importance,” said DAR General Chair 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. today,” she added.
DAR is one of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world. It has 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the country and several foreign countries. DAR members promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism through memorial events, veterans services, scholarships, and educational initiatives.
DAR Constitution Hall is the only structure dedicated to the United States Constitution and it is located in Washington, D.C. The inscription on the pediment reads, “Constitution Hall- a memorial to that immortal document, the United States Constitution- United, in which are incorporated the principles of liberty, equality and justice for which our ancestors strived.
Members participate in a range of projects to help preserve our cultural heritage, including:
• Restoration and maintenance of historical sites
• Locating, restoring and marking burial sites and headstones of Revolutionary War patriots
• Organization and contribution to major restorations, commemorations and memorials
• Place monuments around the world to commemorate people and events throughout American history
• Preserve genealogical records, artifacts and historical documents and make these items available to the public at DAR headquarters
• Provide more than 200,000 volunteer hours annually to veterans at Veterans Administration hospitals and non-VA facilities
• Promote education and citizenship through youth programs such as Children of the American Revolution, DAR Good Citizens and Junior American Citizens
• Sponsor essay contests on American history for youth in grades 5-8
• Offer educational summer camps and cultural programs through the DAR Museum
The DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) is a free collection of databases that provides access to the many records amassed by the DAR since its founding in 1890. Some databases are: Ancestor and Descendant Search.
For more information about DAR, please visit www.dar.org.