Time to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution

The week of Sept. 17–23 is the time to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.

As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), I urge you to take time to reflect on the Constitution, which is the oldest document still in use. Our country functions as a republic under the Constitution that outlines the self-government of a people.

This landmark idea that men had the inalienable right as individuals to be free and to live their lives under their own governance was the impetus of the American Revolution. Today the Constitution stands as an icon of freedom for people around the world.

This week-long commemoration of the Constitution is a time to note that it stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.

The Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to have Sept. 17–23 dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week in 1955. The law was passed and signed by President Dwight Eisenhower.

The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, scholarships, activities for children and programs for new immigrants.

DAR President General Merry Ann T. Wright said, “We must remember and teach that those who wrote the Constitution believed that no government can create freedom, but that government must guard freedom rather than encroach upon the freedom of its people.

“We encourage all citizens across the country to take time this week to guard that which is committed to us by our forefathers — our freedom.” — Marilyn Schroeder (Editor’s note: Schroeder is a DAR Constitution Week Committee member)