Tomorrow, Sept. 17, begins the national celebration of Constitution Week. The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of the country’s least known official observances. The U.S. Constitution, which is the oldest document still in active use that outlines the self-government of a people, stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and ensure those unalienable rights to every American.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to dedicate the days of Sept. 17-23 every year for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by Congress and signed into law on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“One of the things Warrior Rivers Chapter tries to do is promote Constitution Week,” said Jane Longshore, chapter president. “This national observance is a reminder of the many things we enjoy and often take for granted in the United States.”
Because of the current pandemic, Constitution Week in Blount County will be a little different this year. Probate judge and county commission chairman Chris Green has signed the Blount County Constitution Proclamation, local radio personality Tim Chamblee is set to do Constitution Minutes, and the Blount County Memorial Museum has a special Constitution display in its window. While schools have been contacted, local members will not get to spend time in the schools.
“In these unprecedented times, we are asking you to go online and find any materials you or your teachers will need,” Longshore said. “There are coloring pages and proclamations for school principals to sign. Constitution minutes and interesting facts about the Constitution are just a few topics to look at.”
Throughout this celebration week, DAR emphasizes citizens’ responsibilities for protecting, defending, and preserving the Constitution; informs the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourages the study of historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
In closing, Longshore said, “In this time in our country, we do not hesitate to say we still live in the greatest country in the world. Help us keep the legacy alive as we study the Constitution of the United States.”