The cornerstone of our nation has been taken for granted by most Americans since it was put in place Sept. 17, 1787, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
The signing of the Constitution of the United States of America that day marked one of the most important acts in history of our nation. The delegates to the convention recognized the dangers inherent in concentrating too much power in one person, branch or institution. The precisely written document is a perfect example of the rules for a republican form of government.
It should never be forgotten, and that’s why organizations such as the Fort Vallonia chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and other chapters of that organization like to focus attention on it during Constitution Week, which begins Thursday with Constitution Day and ends Sept. 23.
According to the DAR, the aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:
Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.
Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
Encourage the study of the historical events that 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 gives us. The DAR recommends Americans get involved by encouraging young people to sign the Constitution Week Proclamation Pledge and asking their local community officials to issue a proclamation about Constitution Week.
By national decree, the president of the United States issues a proclamation each year designating Sept. 17 to 23 as Constitution Week.
Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson also recently issued a proclamation for Constitution Week.
Presidents, congressmen and congresswomen and Supreme Court justices may come and go, but the Constitution put in place 235 years ago remains this country’s foundation.
For information about the DAR and Constitution Week, visit dar.org/national-society/education/constitution-week or email the Fort Vallonia chapter at [email protected].
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