WILMINGTON — The George Clinton Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is celebrating the U.S. Constitution throughout the coming week with a Proclamation from the Mayor, library displays, a member reading about the Constitution to a class and PSA’s about the Constitution sent to a radio station.
Constitution Week runs from Sept. 17-23 as a way of emphasizing citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution and to encourage the study of historical events. The U.S. Constitution was signed September 17, 1787.
The observance of Constitution Week began in 1955 when the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 each year to commemorate Constitution Week. On Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law.
To kick off Constitution Week, Wilmington Mayor John Stanforth met with representatives of the George Clinton Chapter and issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 17-23 Constitution Week in Wilmington.
Pat Wallace, Constitution Week Chair, set up several displays at the Wilmington Public Library which include Constitution Week posters, a copy of the Constitution, the proclamation, U.S. flags, information about the Constitution and more. The hope is that the displays will spark an interest in learning more about the Constitution and our national heritage.
Nancy Bernard, Community Classroom Chair, is visiting a first-grade class the chapter helps and will read a book about the Constitution and our founding fathers.
NSDAR is a volunteer service organization that promotes patriotism, education and historic preservation. Nationwide, there are more than 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters throughout the United States and in 11 other countries. “Membership eligibility is for any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution.”
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