Members of Cadron Post Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will join more than 185,000 other DAR members in all 50 states and many foreign countries in celebrating Constitution Week, which begins today and continues through Sept. 23.
“The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances,” said Kimberly Jones, chapter regent and co-chairman with Carol Rolf, chapter registrar, of Cadron Post Chapter’s Constitution Week Committee. “Sept. 17, 2018, marks the 231st anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution, the foundation of our government.”
Local observances include exhibits at the Faulkner County Library’s main branch in Conway as well as at the branches in Greenbrier, Mayflower and Vilonia, and a display at the Faulkner Count Fair.
Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker, Conway Mayor Bart Castleberry, Greenbrier Mayor Sammy Hartwick, Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland and Vilonia Mayor James Firestone have signed proclamations declaring the observance of Constitution Week.
Members of Cadron Post Chapter will attend the Arkansas Society Daughters of the American Revolution Quapaw District Meeting and Constitution Day Luncheon at 10 a.m. Sept. 15 at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. In addition to Cadron Post, other Quapaw District chapters include Maria Van Buren in Clinton; Dardanelle Rock in Dardanelle; Major Jacob Gray in Jacksonville; Gilbert Marshall and Little Rock-Centennial, both in Little Rock; General William Lewis in Morrilton; and Prudence Hall in North Little Rock.
Jones said the DAR began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution many years ago. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law #915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Jones said the aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; to inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for their way of life; and to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
Jones said in 1928, the Daughters began work on a building as a memorial to the Constitution. John Russell Pope, architect of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C., was commissioned to design the performing arts center, known as DAR Constitution Hall. Today, DAR Constitution Hall, located near the White House in Washington, D.C., is the only structure erected in tribute to the Constitution of the United States of America.
Known as the largest women’s patriotic organization in the world, DAR has approximately 3,000 chapters, including 44 in Arkansas. The DAR has long promoted patriotism through commemorative celebrations, memorials, scholarships and activities for children, and programs for new immigrants.
For more information about DAR and its programs, visit the website www.dar.org or contact Jones at (501) 514-2394, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Rolf at (501) 327-0482, email@example.com.