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Americans urged to reflect on Constitution

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution urges Americans to reflect on the U.S. Constitution during this month’s annual observance in honor this document of national governance, according to a news release.

“There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: The Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that functions to this day,” said DAR President Gen. Denise Doring VanBuren. “While Independence Day is a well-recognized and beloved national holiday, fewer people know about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life.”

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955, when it petitioned U.S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23, each year to the commemoration of Constitution week. Congress adopted the resolution and on Aug. 2, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into public law. The celebration’s goals are to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public the Constitution is the basis of America’s heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and emphasize U.S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S. Constitution.

By fostering knowledge of the Constitution and the rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured the nation’s foundational liberties. For more information about DAR and its mission, visit www.dar.org.

The Johnstown Chapter NSDAR’s next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the James Burk Inn, 200 S. William St., Johnstown. Social distancing will be in effect and masks are required. For more information regarding the DARor to attend the meeting, contact Jo-Ann Clear, Regent at (518) 921-4983 or jaclear@nycap.rr.com.

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