There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: The Declaration of Independence, which forged our national 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 freedom central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins September 17, 2018.
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. The celebration’s goals are threefold: to inform 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.
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Constitution Pop Quiz – Can you answer these questions?
How often does the word “democracy” appear?
Which state is misspelled?
What foreign language is used within the document?
Which two amendments cancel each other out?
Where can you see the Constitution today?
How many states had to ratify the Constitution before it became the law of the land?
What is the only day you can see all 5 pages of the Constitution at one time?
Answers: 1) it doesn’t appear 2) Pennsylvania. They left out an “n” 3) Latin 4) 18th & 21st – Prohibition and Repeal 5) At the National Archives in DC 6) Nine 7) On Constitution Day, September 17th