Mena Mayor Seth Smith proclaimed September 17-23 as Constitution Week

Members of the James K. Polk Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution watched as Mayor Seth Smith signed the Proclamation. Left to right: Ruby Hartsfield, Deonna Williams, Ann Garrett, Julie Wiltrout, Shelly Collins, Kathy Hagler, Brenda Cunningham. Seated: Mayor Seth Smith.


Constitution Week September 17-23


The aim of the Constitution Week observation is to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life, and to encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787. The Constitution is America’s most important document. It stands as a testament to the determination of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms, and inalienable rights.


The observation of Constitution Week began in 1955, when the Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 as an annual week-long observance commemorating the history and importance of the Constitution, and bringing attention to how it still serves us today.


The public is encouraged to help celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution by participating in Bells Across America, an annual celebration in which participants gather to ring bells, much as the church bells of Philadelphia rang out on September 17, 1787, after the delegates reached an agreement and emerged from Independence Hall. James K. Polk Chapter encourages individuals, churches, businesses, and organizations to unite at 3:00 p.m. on September 17 to ring a bell for one minute.


Daughters of the American Revolution is a 132-year-old service organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and patriotism. DAR members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but all share a common bond of having an ancestor who helped contribute to securing the independence of the United States of America. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible to join.


For more information contact Carolyn Hanna at carolynhanna220@gmail.com or Dotty Kinnun at thekinnuns@gmail.com.


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


9-13-22 4:00 PM KAWX.ORG