Constitution Week in Laurel
Posted on: September 15, 2014
Mayor Johnny Magee proclaimed September 17-23 as Constitution Week in the city of Laurel, Mississippi on Monday. When presenting the Proclamation to Mary Ann Hess, Registrar of the Nahoula Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), it was noted this marks the 227th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution.
The week-long commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. The Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those inalienable rights to every American.
Hess thanked the mayor on behalf of the members of the DAR Nahoula Chapter, many who could not attend the reading. She mentioned the tradition of celebrating Constitution Week was begun by the DAR in 1955 when the DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 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 law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The DAR is a women’s service organization dedicated to historic preservation, education and patriotism. Membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution is open to any woman 18 years of age or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background who can prove lineal descent from a patriot or the American Revolution is eligible. To learn more about the DAR or how to become a member, visit the DAR public website (www.dar.org)