Cherish the Constitution

Written by: Jeanie Hornung, National Chair, Constitution Week Committee
September 14, 2017

The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is the main pillar in the edifice of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty, which you so highly prize” ~George Washington, Farewell Address 1796

In Washington’s final address as President he offered his last guidance to the citizens of the United States. He emphasized the significance of the union that bound all Americans as one people and granted their freedom and prosperity. Washington further states his support for the new constitutional government. He believed it was an improvement upon the nation's original attempt in the Articles of Confederation. Washington reminds the people that it is the right of the people of a nation to change the government, but it should only be done through constitutional amendments. He emphasizes this belief by arguing that an overthrow of the government should be avoided at any price. Washington held that it is the obligation of every member of the nation to obey the constitution and to yield to the laws of the government until it is constitutionally amended by the majority of the American people. This part of the farewell address gives us insight to how he believed in and cherished the Constitution.

We, the citizens of the United States, have the opportunity to celebrate Constitution Week, September 17-23. It is an occasion for us to cherish the Constitution. It is a time for remembering the Founding Fathers and the gifts of Life, Liberty, Freedom, and Prosperity that were given to us. The one hundred, sixteen days the Founding Fathers spent in 1787 have given our country 230 years of freedoms. It is our responsibility to honor Constitution Week.  

The DAR Constitution Week Committee closed Facebook Group has over 630 members. This group is for sharing activities, ideas, and promoting Constitution Week within our Society. Search for DAR Constitution Week on Facebook and request to be added to the group. State and chapter chairs, as well as other DAR members who promote Constitution Week by working with schools and their communities are encouraged to share their events and activities with the group. (Please remember photos of group activities with children should not show their faces unless you have permission from the parents. This is for the safety and privacy of the children.)

This year Constitution Day falls on a Sunday, September 17. If you would like to plan your activities to promote Constitution Day for schools or government facilities on Monday, September 18 that is completely acceptable. Be sure to post your activities and events in the Facebook group, count your hours for Service to America and document your activities on the Chapter Master Report. Thank you for sharing and celebrating Constitution Week!

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