Editor: Ketoctin Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, proudly invites you to join us in celebrating the 229th anniversary of our United States Constitution, our country’s important founding document that guards our precious liberties and a document which today remains the oldest constitution still in active use in the world.
Perhaps unnoticed today, significant parts of the Constitution were, at the time of the late 18th century, quite radical. For example, the framers of the Constitution envisioned a new form of government with checks and balances to prevent abuse of power. Even the opening words of the Preamble to the Constitution were radical: “We the people of the United States … do ordain and establish …” Enshrined in these words is the notion that forming a government that rests upon the consent of the people, affirming and expanding the concept first contained in the Declaration of Independence that the government’s “just powers are from the consent of the governed.” And, the framers of the Constitution went further, producing a living document that solved and continues to solve complex political problems nations face. John Adams called it “the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen.”
Ketoctin Chapter is proud to promote celebrating this radically magnificent document. We celebrate Constitution Week, September 17-23, every year. It was the National Society DAR that petitioned the Congress in 1955 with a resolution for a week of observance for the foundation of our American form of government. Sen. William Knowland of California sponsored the first resolution. After being passed by both houses, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued his Proclamation on Aug. 19, 1955. In 1956 it was signed into law as Public Law 915.
We ask libraries to put up displays, courthouses to ring bells, submit Proclamations to town mayors, pass out bookmarks with the Preamble to the Constitution to school children, etc. Please think about ways you can promote and honor this document and all the freedoms it provides.
Your efforts will help pay tribute to The United States Constitution, one of the most relevant and important documents ever written. It is our primary protection of liberty as it creates checks and balances between our branches of government, and the division of power between the federal government and the states. We often hear the words “that’s unconstitutional” or “that’s my constitutional right” but you may be surprised to find that “right” may not even be in the Constitution. We urge you to read it and learn about what it contains and what it means.
It is our responsibility to make sure all Americans and future generations understand the significance of what these framers created for “We the People.”
Gail Ann Adams, Past Regent
Ketoctin Chapter, NSDAR