Members of the Cane River Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) attended the Northwest District Constitution Week luncheon in Shreveport recently to reflect on the United States Constitution and to honor this document of the national governance.
Judge Jeffrey Cox of the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the Second Circuit, based in Shreveport, Louisiana was guest speaker. His presentation on the first 10 amendments to the U. S. Constitution was most interesting.
The DAR initiated the observance of Constitution Week in 1955, when the service organization petitioned the U. S. Congress to dedicate Sept. 17-23 of 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 #915, The celebration’s goals are threefold: to encourage the study of the historical events that led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787; to remind the public that the Constitution is the basis of America’s great heritage and the foundation for its way of life; and to emphasize U. S. citizens’ responsibility to protect, defend and preserve the U.S.Constitution. DAR President General Pamela Rouse Wright said, “We encourage all citizens to join us in celebrating this powerful document that is so important to American history and to reflect on the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens past and present.”
DAR has been the foremost advocate for the awareness, promotion and celebration of Constitution Week. The annual observance provides innumerable opportunities for educational initiatives and community outreach, two mission areas of crucial importance to the National Society. By fostering knowledge of, and appreciation for, the Constitution and our inalienable rights it affords to all Americans, DAR helps to keep alive the memory of the men and women who secured our nation’s foundational liberties.
DAR is one of the largest patriotic women’s organizations in the world and has 190,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters across the United States and several foreign countries. DAR members promote service to veterans, service to their communities and much more. For additional information about DAR and its relevant mission, please visit the DAR website: www.dar.org or email Cane River Chapter, NSDAR: email@example.com.