This year marks the 61st anniversary of Constitution Week.
NSDAR Past President General Gertrude S. Carraway was responsible for the annual designation of Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week. The Daughters of the American Revolution made its own resolution for Constitution Week that was adopted on April 21, 1955.
The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedoms and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started by the DAR. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are as follows:
Emphasize citizen’s responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for American’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us.