The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) started the tradition of celebrating Constitution Week many years ago.
The Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1887. In 1955, the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17 through 23 annually to be dedicated for observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into public law. This year DAR is celebrating the 221st anniversary of the Constitution.
Last year the National Society DAR (NSDAR) requested a Constitution Week proclamation from the president, which was obtained and can be viewed on the www.whitehouse.gov web site.
The 2008 NSDAR Constitution Week Poster Contest resulted in two national winners form California and West Virginia. One poster pictured Independence Hall with an eagle holding the Constitution. The other entry depicted a Revolutionary War drummer boy with the American flag.
The nation celebrated the new Constitution in 1787 by ringing bells, lighting bonfires and participating in parades. DAR chapters across the nation continue the tradition by creating games and puzzles, designing Constitution Week bumper stickers, joining in parades, presenting current events programs and placing displays in markets, restaurants, museums, schools, libraries, stores and banks.
Constitution facts are broadcast over the Internet, television and radio. Judges, professors and teachers speak at Constitution Week luncheons and meetings. Chapters, schools and libraries conduct poster contests for elementary children. Some schools put daily messages on the PA systems. These are only a few of the innovative ideas that are utilized.
Pilot Rock Chapter continues to tell the exiting story of the Constitution that has led to the liberties to speak, to gather together, to gain information and share opinions and to provide that to all citizens who can vote regardless of gender or race and much more.
Pilot Rock Chapter DAR would like to encourage area public buildings, schools, churches and homes to fly the American flag in celebration of this most important document during the week of Sept. 17 though 23.