Starting Sept. 17, Constitution Week will commemorate the document that set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use.
The Daughters of the American Revolution initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 each year as Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution and President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on Aug. 2, 1956.
The goals are to encourage the study of historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787, inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s heritage, and emphasize citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.
“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said DAR President Gen. Denise Doring VanBuren. “Their vision was so forward-thinking that their words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens, past and present.”
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