Monday, September 17, marked the beginning of the 225th celebration of the signing of the Constitution. The week-long 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 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 No. 915 on August 2, 1956 by President Eisenhower.
The aims of the celebration are:
To emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity.
Inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
The Wenonah Chapter of the National Daughters of the American Revolution has for many years presented to the Mayor of Winona a Proclamation of Constitution Week which he has signed and read before the Winona City Council.