HENRY — The Chief Senachwine Chapter NSDAR will celebrate Constitution Week with two displays of Constitution Week materials, located at the Henry-Senachwine Grade School and High School.
Constitution Week was initiated by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution with a petition requesting Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 of each year to commemorate Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, naming Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.
Because Congress originally adopted the Constitution on Sept. 17, the day leading off Constitution Week was once entitled Citizenship Day; however, recent legislation has renamed the day Constitution and Citizenship Day. Also mandated was a provision that federally-funded schools and agencies provide instruction and information about the Constitution during Constitution Week.
The U.S. Constitution, the foundation of our way of life, emphasizes the duty of each citizen to protect, defend, and preserve the Constitution. It affords Americans the opportunity to keep alive the memories of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence. Their bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.
According to DAR President General Ann Dillon, “In 1787 the framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built. 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.”
DAR strives to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism with its 185,000 members in about 3,000 chapters worldwide. For local information on the Chief Senachwine Chapter, call 815-303-1034.