The Akansa Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held a Constitution Day celebration at Fordyce Bath House with the assistance of Hot Springs National Park. Monday, Sept. 18, 2018, marked the 231st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution kicking off Constitution week, Sept. 17-23.
This event marks more than 12 years the Akansa DAR has given the opportunity to sign a replica of the U.S. Constitution. Kim Bailey, vice regent Akansa DAR and Kathryn Hinkle, chapter constitution chair coordinated the celebration.
The Hot Springs High School junior ROTC presented the colors and Pledge of Allegiance was led by HS interim city manager Bill Burrough.
Jessieville high school’s Robertson Traditions offered the national anthem followed by a presentation by Junelle Mongno, Arkansas DAR state regent.
Historical figures present were George and Martha Washington, portrayed by Charles and Pat McLemore; Betsy Ross portrayed by Susan Read; and Benjamin Franklin portrayed by Jimmie Weber. Read described the procedure that created the very first American flag, and Weber detailed the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
Attendees gathered on the Fordyce Bath House veranda as the Bells of the Hills led the “Ringing of the Bells,” a national event celebrated yearly on Sept. 17. The Preamble was led by Charles and Pat McLemore and closing remarks were offered by Peggy Cara, Akansa DAR regent.
Mark Bremer led the singing of “America the Beautiful” and closed the patriotic program singing “Heal our Land.”