We, the people, celebrate Constitution Week

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Each year, on the anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States of America, people across the nation celebrate Constitution Week.

A proclamation by President George W. Bush states, Americans are united by the principles embodied in the United States Constitution. On Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and during Constitution Week, we celebrate the establishment of the United States Constitution and honor the Framers of this groundbreaking document.

In 1787, the Framers of the Constitution met in Philadelphia and drafted a document that continues to be the foundation of our Nation's identity. The Constitution established the enduring governmental framework in which our free society has flourished for more than two centuries, and it is a testament to the wisdom and foresight of our Founders."

Constitution Week, Sept. 17-23, grew from the efforts of the Daughters of the American Revolution, who asked Congress to set aside the observance in 1955. On Aug. 2, 1956, the resolution became law.

Although a press release from Nevada's Elizabeth Carey chapter notes that Constitution Week is "one of our country's least known official observances," along with it all schools that receive federal funding are required to present educational material about the Constitution to the students on or near Sept. 17.

This week, students all over the county have been busy learning about the constitution in a variety of ways. Although the events are too numerous to list them all, here's an idea of what students have been learning.

In Nevada, among other things, the Elizabeth Carey DAR chapter has provided commemorative bookmarks for all eighth graders.

In Sheldon, students participated in acting out scenes relating to the amendments on Monday, re-enacting events and conducting a mock trial "so they could see some of those rights in action," said history teacher Eileen Leininger.

According to members of the Elizabeth Carey Chapter of the DAR, "the aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizen's responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity, inform the people that the constitution is the basis for America's great heritage and the foundation of our way of life; and to encourage the study of historical events which eventually led to the framing of the constitution in September 1787.

A large number of DAR chapters across the nation also take part in promoting Constitution Week through informational public service announcements, urging the public to read the constitution, know the constitution and its history and to study it.

One such announcement from the local chapter reads, "It is the oldest Constitution still in active use in the world today and is the basic document of our Republic, which protects the individual liberties of all citizens through written law. Study the Constitution!"

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: