DAR celebrates Constitution Week

Staff Writer

The Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution met Wednesday to discuss upcoming projects and to talk about Constitution Week, Sept. 17 - 23.

Gaynell Duke and Brenda Edwards visited the office of Mayor Robbie Robinson, who signed a proclamation for West Point to recognize Sept. 17 - 23 as Constitution Week.

"The Constitution is one of our must cherished documents," Regent of the Horseshoe Robertson Chapter of the NSDAR, Lucille South said. "That is why we consider it so important to observe Constitution Week each Sept. 17 - 23. The Constitution outlines the laws and rights that we as a nation uphold and live by."

South said a member of the DAR, Moina Michael was instrumental in the poppy becoming a symbol for those who sacrificed their lives for freedom during WWI.

"She was inspired by the poem, 'In Flanders Field,'" South said. "Now the red poppies are worn Nov. 11, in honor of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle. That is only a couple of months away and we need to remember our veterans."

South said it could be a project for the DAR to bring poppies for a classroom and tell the children what the poppies signify.

"We can have a Community Classroom Committee," Former regent Gaynell Duke said. "My daughter-in-law Brianne Duke teaches at Church Hill Elementary. We could try with her class, if she agrees."

South said Rosalie Day is Oct. 26. There will also be a celebration of Mississippi's bicentennial then, as well. Rosalie Mansion in Natchez is owned and operated by the Mississippi chapters or the NSDAR.

"They are burying a time capsule on the grounds as part of the celebration," South said. "Those chapters who wish to participate are sending small items to be placed within. We sent some small arrowheads that were authenticated by Ben Rosenkrans to be from Clay County."

South said the capsule is to be sealed and not opened until 2117.

Duke and Brenda Edwards met Thursday morning with West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson who signed a proclamation for West Point to recognize Constitution Week.

"Public Law 915 guarantees the issuing of a proclamation each year by the President of the United States of America, designating September 17 - 23 as Constitution Week," Edwards said.

According to the members of the HRCNSDAR, there are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged the nation's identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins September 17, 2017.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 of each year to the commemoration of Constitution Week. Congress adopted the resolution, and on August 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into Public Law #915. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to inform people that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the Constitution.

DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. This annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society’s work. By fostering knowledge of and appreciation for the Constitution and the inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s independence, whose bravery and sacrifice made possible the liberties we enjoy today.

“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” said DAR President General Ann Dillon. “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.”

For additional information about DAR and its programs, visit www.dar.org.