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DAR celebrating Constitution Week in Carmi

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Present for the signing with Mayor Pollard were Wabash Chapter members:

Marjorie Brown, Vice Regent, Juanita Harris, Constitution Chair, Cindy Conley, Historian, Barbara Karger, Registrar, Debbie Hoskins, Regent and Linda Williams, Member.

Carmi Mayor Jeff Pollard signed the 2016 Proclamation for Constitution Week (September 17-23) for the Wabash Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution on Friday.

Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23.

The United States Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.

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.

The DAR has also erected a structure that is built in tribute to the Constitution of the United States. DAR Constitution Hall, which is a performing arts center, opened in 1929.

The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:

* Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution.

* Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.

* Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

Constitution Week is a great time to learn more about this important document and celebrate the freedoms it gave us. Get involved by encouraging young people to sign the Constitution Week Proclamation.

Wabash Chapter has been active many years exhibiting window displays, posters, newspaper and radio programs, etc. celebrating the importance of this document.

The U.S.A. should reaffirm the ideas of protecting our freedoms as it guarantees them. It is the precious guardian of our liberties that we should never lose sight of.

Recently, several American celebrities were asked. “If you were the President of U.S.A. what would be the #1 job you would do? NBA Star and Author, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, answered, “If I were President, I would make a Constitution Day (yes there is such a day September 17) a nationally celebrated holiday with public readings from the Constitution, a Supreme Court versus Congress basketball game and promoted learning about the greatest document ever written.”

We need better public understanding of the document that is supposed to guide the “moral and social choices” of our government and our people.