R — Constitution Week starts Saturday

Courtesy of DeWitt Clinton NSDA — Carolee Emerson, Rosemary Parker, Carolyn Walker, DeWitt Clinton NSDAR.

CLINTON — The United States Constitution, America’s most important document, stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights. And, Constitution Week is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23 to commemorate its history, importance, and bring attention to how it serves still today.

Since it’s ratification in 1787, the Constitution has served as the basis for all United States laws. It is the oldest constitution still in active use in the world today. This year will mark 235 years since the signing of this important document.

This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. 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 August 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

DeWitt Clinton Chapter, NSDAR is marking Constitution Week with information in schools and displays at the Vespasian Warner Public Library and Leroy Public Library.

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