The weeklong event commemorated America's most important document and is one of the country's least known official observances. The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the DAR-initiated first resolution of the United States Congress to observe Constitution Week. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept.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 law on August, 2, 1956, by President Dwight Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens' responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution; preserving it for posterity; to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September, 1787.
The U.S. functions as a Republic under the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people. This landmark idea that men had lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today, the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.
DAR has served America for 120 years as its foremost cheerleader. In 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial, was commissioned to design the performing arts center known as Constitution Hall. Today, Constitution Hall is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Pilot Rock Chapter DAR encourages all citizens to reflect on our heritage of freedom and to value our revolutionary ancestors and the sacrifices they made for the freedoms we enjoy today. The Constitution guarantees us life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and also confirms our religious freedom.