Caladesi Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Celebrates Constitution Week
America celebrates Constitution Week, September 17-23. The weeklong commemoration of America's most important document is one of our country's least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. The U.S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.
The tradition of celebrating the Constitution was started many years ago by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1955, the Daughters 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 Public Law #915 on August 2, 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Today, the U.S. Constitution stands as the icon of freedom for people around the world.
On September 3 at a Dunedin City Commission Meeting, Caladesi Chapter DAR co-chairs, Jane Turner and Nancy Holland will present a Constitution Flag to the Mayor of Dunedin to fly over City Hall during the week and will receive a Proclamation for Constitution Week. They will also receive a Proclamation on September 9 from the Mayor of Safety Harbor.
Other local DAR chapters will join Caladesi to celebrate Constitution Sunday on September 20 at 10:30 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Dunedin. Also, there will be a display of Constitution related items at the Dunedin Public Library throughout the week.
On September 21 at 12:30, Caladesi Chapter will hold its first Fall Meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Dunedin. The program on the Declaration of Independence will be given by Ken Nichol.
Any woman 18 years or older, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution, is eligible to join. Caladesi members are available at the Dunedin Library every Thursday, 1:00-3:00 to help others with their lineage. Call (727) 733-5383 for more information.
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